The third-largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL serves nearly 10 million people in the southern half of Florida and Silagy says they are ready for it.
The electric utility has been restoring power even as there are outages, with plans to work until winds get too strong for safety.
Hurricane Irma caused many Florida residents to brace themselves after the storm ripped through the Caribbean Tuesday.
That’s what Gus Beyersdorf, 40, and his colleague Nick Jensen, 32, utility workers from Wisconsin, found out while inspecting power lines in Florida on Monday.
Gould didn’t divulge any worst-case scenarios other than the possibility of customers being left without power for extended periods of time should weather conditions damage the power plants.
Shares of power-plant operators rose as traders positioned themselves for continued economic growth and a gradual increase of interest rates.
‘Many of the linemen are coming from across the country including from as far away as California.
FPL said this power outage is the largest in the company’s history.
As of 4 p.m.
“It took a week for Matthew”, Jensen said, referring to a hurricane that previous year did not make landfall in Florida but caused power outages.
Duke Energy, another large utility provider in the state with service areas concentrated in North-Central Florida and the panhandle, is reporting minor power outages in about 20 counties, with the majority of outages concentrated in the areas surrounding Tampa on the West, and Gainesville and Ocala in central Florida.
Dozens upon dozens of FPL trucks were seen at the staging area at Gulfstream Park as workers embarked on a mission to restore power.
FPL said its two nuclear plants were safe. Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor in Homestead, Florida.
In Miami-Dade County, 815,650 customers are without power, which represents just under 80 percent of FPL’s residential and business accounts, the Sun-Sentinel reported. But Silagy told Bloomberg on Friday that Hurricane Irma brought winds that can “snap a concrete pole”, and overwhelm flood protections for underground distribution systems.
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown happened because the 49-foot-high (15 meters) tsunami caused by an undersea natural disaster destroyed the power supply to three nuclear reactors.