FPL deploys 6,000 field workers to address Isaac outages
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to cause outages throughout FPL's service territory
Juno Beach, Fla., August 27, 2012 — FPL has more than 6,000 field workers deployed to restore power for customers affected by Tropical Storm Isaac. About 4,300 of these workers are concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, the hardest hit by Isaac's high winds and torrential rains.
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to cause outages throughout FPL's service territory.
Isaac is a large storm geographically, with tropical storm-force winds and torrential rains extending more than 300 miles from the center, causing wind gusts up to 65 miles an hour as well as flash flooding from Miami-Dade County to the Florida-Georgia border. Today, these bands of severe weather continue to impact Florida's electrical system.
So far, Isaac has caused power outages for about 293,000 customers across FPL's service territory since August 26. As of 1 p.m. August 27, FPL's crews had restored power for more than 219,000 customers. Nearly 80 percent of these customers were restored within six hours and more than 50 percent were restored within two hours.
As FPL completes restoration in communities that suffered storm damage, the company will redirect crews to parts of its service territory where customers are without power.
Florida Power & Light Co. is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric utility in the U.S. FPL serves about 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with about 10,000 employees as of year-end 2011.
During the five-year period ended December 31, 2011, the company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a unit of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc.