Gulf Power Among Utilities Sending Help To South Florida

Gulf Power Among Utilities Sending Help To South Florida

Rob Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light, said Tuesday that FPL expects to have power on for most customers along the state's eastern coast by the end of this weekend, but other areas could take up to 10 days or more.

FPL is restoring power according to its detailed plan, which includes generation facilities going back on line first which restores power to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, police stations and 911 services, then they restore feeders which feeds the largest amount of customers along those lines and then come the smaller lines into individual neighborhoods.

The thousands of people on Florida's East Coast stuck without power should have it restored by this Sunday at the latest, the company Tweeted Tuesday morning.

High traffic volumes because of the number of customers seeking information about getting power restored to their homes was likely to blame, the company told the newspaper.

The workers, employed by other utilities companies throughout the USA, started restoration work in areas where winds dropped to below 35 miles per hour and flood waters receded.

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Mon Power s sent seven bucket trucks and two digger-derrick trucks, which with the use of a large auger can dig the holes to set the utility poles, Meyers said. "There is nothing there can be done more than what I think we're doing and definitely what the power companies are doing", Dinneen said. In comparison, Hurricane Wilma impacted 21 counties. Gould says the "hardened feeders appear to be performing 30-percent better than our non-hardened feeders".

"The length of the restoration will be far less than what it would have been if we had not invested in the system", he said.

In Florida, the state's biggest electric company said its outages dipped to 3.3 million from a peak of 3.6 million earlier on Monday. "We are restoring power day and night". "That will happen because we will be bringing big blocks of customers back into service".

The news is an improvement from Gould's estimate on Monday that it would take weeks.

Gould said the bottom line is FPL wants everyone "to be safe and patient. We will get the lights back on".

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