As Hurricane Irma Begins Descent On Florida, FPL Reporting Outages

Florida Power and Light (FPL) estimates that 3.4 million Floridians could be without power during Hurricane Irma, which is now making its way toward the western portion of Florida.

"To be clear, FPL has no plans to shut down power to its customers".

Electricity generator Florida Power & Light, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc, generates enough power for about 1.9 million homes at the Turkey Point and St. Lucie plants.

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"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. "A storm of this magnitude an intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild out electric system from the ground up, particularly on the west coast. That restoration process will be measured in weeks, not days", said FPL spokesman Rob Gould at a news conference on Sunday.

He said 17,000 restoration workers from as far away as California and MA are already stationed around the state, but it will take time to rebuild the system.

  • Michelle Webb