FPL Expects 4.1 Million Customers To Suffer Power Outages

A water tower stands over the ruins of the coastal community of Florida City

A water tower stands over the ruins of the coastal community of Florida City

In view of the projected severity of Irma, nuclear power reactor managementin Florida plan to go in for shut down of two plants which are in the path of the hurricane and could be in danger. Eastern time, according to the Los Angeles Times, there were 38,990 outages in the Miami-Dade County area, 6,696 in Broward and 2,373 in Palm Beach County.

Reuters reported that Irma may cut power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses that are serviced by FPL, which could affect around 9 million people.

"This is a deadly and devastating hurricane, and every part of Florida will feel the wrath of this storm", Silagy said.

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This is a developing story. Scott said Saturday night that the outages expected to grow as Irma moves closer to the state. The storm left the plant running on backup generators for more than a week to cool the shut-down reactor. The company said it has activated 20 temporary management sites and has prepared more than 13,500 workers throughout the state and especially South Florida to be ready to respond once it is safe to do so.

The trajectory of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 miles per hour (295 km/h), is uncertain but the US National Hurricane Center described it as the strongest Atlantic storm on record. It is the state's oldest nuclear plant and when Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, some of the nearby facilities suffered damage that ran into millions. The utility is also taking its Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants offline until it's safe to resume operations.

Gould said FPL might have to turn off some substations ahead of any major flooding, a technique that could help the company restore power faster once any floodwaters recede, rather than keeping them on and allowing the storm to damage them. We're going to keep operating that grid before the storm and during the storm. He said that although some power lines are underground, storm surge and flooding can affect those lines.

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Stay with ABC7 for updates on the most important questions and concerns you have before, during and after Hurricane Irma. We continue to generate power during the storm. The NRC report states that the hurricane "caused extensive onsite and offsite damage" at Turkey Point, which ultimately cost $90 million to fix. "This storm has the potential to eclipse Hurricane Andrew".

The St. Lucie plant has already weathered powerful storms, like Hurricane Frances in 2004 and Wilma the year after.

The company said that isn't the case and that it plans to continue providing power before, during and after the storm.

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