FPL works on last 10 percent of power outages from Hurricane Matthew

Florida Power & Light Co. announced that as of 7 p.m. Monday, it is working to restore the remaining 10 percent of customer interruptions in the areas hardest hit from Hurricane Matthew.

“Our team of approximately 15,000 has made tremendous progress by restoring more than 1 million customer interruptions less than 48 hours after Matthew left our service territory, but we’re not done yet,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Our crews are squarely focused on the few remaining customers out of power in the hardest-hit areas of North and Central Florida, and we won’t stop until the last customer’s lights are back on.”

FPL has major staging sites and supporting sites throughout the North and Central areas, including St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam counties.

“We know that electricity is critically important for our customers, and we understand how frustrating it is to be in the dark,” said Silagy. “That’s why we brought in more resources before this storm than ever before. You have our firm commitment that we’ll continue to work 24/7 to help get our communities back to normal.”

The company has also mobilized community response vehicles in St. Johns and Brevard counties to provide charging services for electronic devices to the immediate community. FPL has also staged its mobile command center in one of the hardest-hit areas, St. Augustine, and will help coordinate the work of restoration teams in that area to speed restoration.

“We want to thank our partnering utilities and contractors for helping us to restore service, as well as local and state officials who are helping to ensure we have the necessary resources to restore power to all our customers,” said Silagy. “As our restoration draws to a close, we’re offering support to our neighbor utilities in Florida and partner utilities in the Southeast who also are restoring power to their customers. We want to help our neighbors in need who have graciously helped us get back online.”

As FPL enters the final phase of its restoration, the company is providing approximately 150 utility and vegetation management workers to the Jacksonville Electric Authority. FPL has sufficient resources to meet its commitment to restore power.

Based on the current assessment and resources dedicated to the restoration, FPL expects to complete power restoration to essentially all customers following Matthew by the end of today. However, during the restoration process, crews identified additional damage to neighborhood lines in the most severely damaged and flooded areas, extending some customers’ restoration until end of day Monday.

As of Saturday night, service has been restored to essentially all customers affected by Matthew in Palm Beach County. All customers were restored in Miami-Dade and Broward counties as of Friday night.

FPL has restored power to most critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, with the remainder to be restored by end of day. All public schools scheduled to be open tomorrow will be back in service by end of day today.

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