Florida Power & Light deploys thousands of line workers ahead of Nicole

13K personnel staged, FPL says

Florida Power and Light crews and trucks were pre-deployed this week, many of them staging at the Daytona International Speedway on Tropical Storm Nicole’s approach to Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power and Light crews and trucks were pre-deployed this week, many of them staging at the Daytona International Speedway on Tropical Storm Nicole’s approach to Florida.

Over a month ago, crews were also deployed to help restore power during Hurricane Ian.

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“We understand that in November a storm is very unusual, and we also know there’s a lot of residents that are seasonal and a lot of residents are dealing hurricane fatigue from Hurricane Ian, but it’s very important everybody takes this storm very seriously. It’s a strong storm and outages are certainly possible,” FPL Spokesperson Conlan Kennedy said.

Kennedy explained 13,000 linemen and women were staged at 11 sites across the state.

“As long as the winds are under 35 miles an hour, our crews will be out restoring power. We already had trucks coming and leaving responding to outages and they’ll continue to do so as long as it’s safe to do so,” Kennedy said.

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According to FPL, the company will use smart grid technology to remotely restore power to customers where possible. FPL will also continue restoration and conduct damage assessments with field crews.


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