FPL: Matthew could cause 1.2M customers to experience power outages

1.2 million customers could be affected


VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Power & Light Company announced Thursday that up to 1.2 million costumers could have extended power outages as the result of Hurricane Matthew.

“A major hurricane is a powerful force of nature, which is why we felt it important enough to initiate a robocall to nearly 3 million of our customers urging them to prepare for potential power interruptions,”said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, in a news release. “We urge our customers to complete their final preparations now, making safety their highest priority, and thank them in advance for their patience with what we know will be a challenging next several days. Please know that we’ll be out in force as soon as it’s safe to work.”

The FDL has 12,000 workers ready to help from the storm. Its workforce includes FDL employees and other workers from utility and electrical companies.

“We understand the anxiety many of our customers are feeling at this moment and want to reassure them that we’re ready to respond,” Silagy said in the release. “We’re deploying more resources pre-storm than ever before. During the past 24 hours, we have significantly increased our restoration team, including additional reinforcements from out of state with workers from as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts. Our total restoration workforce is now more than 12,000 strong with approximately 9,000 of these workers in the field to restore our customers’ power. As long as it’s safe, we’ll be out there restoring power as the first bands of severe weather hit, and we’ll work continuously after the storm clears until all customers have power again.”