Thursday, 21 September, 2017

FPL Aided By Drones To Restore Power To Residents in South Dade

The St. Lucie nuclear power plant is being closed ahead of Hurricane Irma The St. Lucie nuclear power plant is being closed ahead of Hurricane Irma
Stacy Diaz | 13 September, 2017, 00:49

The company expects power to be restored to western Florida - more heavily damaged by the storm - by September 22. FPL lost power at its Riviera Center command center on Sunday - in the midst of a press conference - and was relying on backup generators on Monday.

Georgia Power also said that power restoration efforts, depending on the extent of the damage, could take up to several days and possibly weeks.

Florida Power & Light sent out by tweet Tuesday morning that power on Florida's east coast could be restored by the end of the weekend, with the possible exception of exception of areas hit by tornadoes, flooding and severe damage.

FPL said it has an army of 19,500 workers, including crews from other utilities outside the state, working to get power back to its customers in 35 counties, literally every county it operates in.

"The nuclear reactors remain in a very safe state", Gould said.

A total of 216 outages in the three counties are affecting around 50,881 Georgia Power customers as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"We are in the process now of doing final checks on a few of them; we will be bringing those up", FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy told reporters.

Wilma, a devastating storm in its own right, did not reach as many areas of the state as Irma and affected only 21 counties, he said. "We will be restoring power day and night".

To the south, over 93,000 Florida Power & Light customers in St. Johns and Flagler Counties are without power Tuesday morning.

"We ask our members to be patient", said Wayne Mattox, Clay Electric Communications Manager. "We are definitely not seeing poles down like we anticipated".

Florida utilities invested billions into their systems after devastating hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005 in order to make them more resilient and easier to restore after a storm.

"What we think we'll see on the west coast is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid", Gould said on Monday, ABC News reported. "We have certainly enough power to provide to our customers". "I will say that we're going to need a little more patience as we move through this recovery phase as well". Fixes to main distribution lines and restoration of power to critical facilities take priority over some residential neighborhoods.

"If you are not sure, walk away from it, because you could have a power line that is still energized", he said.