Hurricane Irma: 70000 in shelters, 3.4 mn may face power cut

Hurricane Irma: 70000 in shelters, 3.4 mn may face power cut”

Gould also revealed that if Hurricane Irma ends up being as damaging as it seems it may end up being, then - despite $3 billion invested by FPL since 2005 to make the regional grid more robust - a great numerous utility's customers will lose power.

FPL, a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc, restored service to most customers affected by Matthew in just two days. That is a decrease from the Category 4 and 5 designations Irma held for much of Friday.

The company and its power-providing peers in Florida have spent billions of dollars over the last several years upgrading their technology and infrastructure to better handle storms.

"This storm is unprecedented as far as strength and size".

Two Florida nuclear power plants in the path of Hurricane Irma are shutting down to brace for the powerful storm, CNN reported. Those investments have included replacing wood poles with concrete poles, shortening spans of wire between those poles, making it easier for trees and palm fronds to slide off when they hit our equipment.

However, Silagy said FPL is more prepared to respond than they ever have been for a storm before.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the US", McGrath said.

Florida Power & Light has about 13,500 fix workers standing ready. "With a storm of this magnitude and intensity our crews will likely need to completely rebuild parts of our electric system".

FPL asks customers to report their outages, and later check back in coming weeks for estimated restoration times, by downloading the FPL mobile app, going online at, calling 800-468-8243 (800-4OUTAGE). Duke had mobilized roughly 8,000, including 1,500 from its own Midwest operations.

"And now we are in a position to help our neighbors in the south do the same", she said. It serves about 120,000 customers. Numerous linemen are coming from across the country including from as far away as California. We continue to generate power during the storm.

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