Florida Power and Light says they have mobilized, and are urging customers to get ready and stay safe. Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor in Homestead, Florida.
The City of Grand Island Utilities Department is responding to a mutual aid request from the Florida Municipal Electric Association through the American Public Power Association for assistance in the anticipated recovery work from Hurricane Irma.
Back in 1992, Andrew, a fellow Cat-5 storm, struck the Turkey Point site and caused $90 million in damages, despite officials touting that it could withstand tough conditions, the Miami Herald reported.
The National Hurricane Centre said the hurricane’s leading edge was already lashing the Florida Keys with hurricane force winds.
“This is an extremely risky storm”, Gould told reporters during a Thursday presser.
Among one of the top five largest electric utility companies in the US, FPL, owned by NextEra Energy, provides power to almost 10 million people across the Sunshine State. In one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the US, about 6.4 million people in Florida were warned to leave. However, the facility did suffer $90 million in damage from that Category 5 storm, according to press reports.
Hundreds of miles to the west, Florida braced for the onslaught, with forecasters warning Irma could slam headlong into the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people, punish the entire length of the state’s Atlantic coast and move into Georgia and SC.
Ryon said he hadn’t expected to generate such a large response – and he didn’t expect anybody to take the plan that seriously. Jeremy DeHart, a U.S. Air Force Reserve weather officer who flew through the eye of Irma at 10,000 feet.