Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Thousands lose power as Irma nears south Florida

Thousands lose power as Irma nears south Florida

"Once restoration begins in earnest, our goal is to get as many customers up and running as soon as possible and we will not stop until all power is restored", the company's statement said.

FPL on Saturday lowered the number homes and businesses it expects to lose power to 3.1 million customer accounts, or 6 million people in its service area, which is half the state.

"Everyone in Florida will be impacted in some way by this storm", FPL chief executive Eric Silagy said on Friday at a news conference.

Outages across the state will likely top 4.1 million customers since other utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, will also suffer outages but have not yet estimated how many.

"As Irma's track continues to evolve, we are adjusting our crews and moving them in position as we need to so they're best able to respond", he said.

Flagler and Volusia counties could see wind gusts up to 90 miles per hour early Monday morning. It could become a Category 5 at any time.

The company will adjust the plans as necessary, "depending upon the path of the storm", Gould said.

Before Hurricane Irma's full force reached Central Florida thousands of residents along the Space Coast were already without power.

The utility said that it has mobilized crews and is working to restore power as it can.

FPL's nuclear plants are protected by thick concrete and reinforced steel and like many plants around the world were bolstered further after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Gould said.

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