Florida utilities begin restoring power after Tropical Storm Isaac

Two of Florida’s largest electric utilities are deploying workers in hopes of returning power to customers after Tropical Storm Isaac passed over the Gulf Coast of Florida with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL), the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida with approximately 4.6 million customer accounts, has more than 6,000 field workers deployed to restore power for customers affected by Isaac. FPL said 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.

“We understand how difficult it is to be without power, and we are committed to getting the lights back on for our customers as quickly as we can safely do so,” said FPL President Eric Silagy.

So far, Isaac has caused power outages for about 293,000 customers across FPL’s service territory since 6 a.m. Sunday, August 26. As of 1 p.m. Monday, 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.

Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), said Isaac didn’t cause widespread power outages to its customers.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, fewer than 1,000 customers in Progress Energy’s 35-county service territory were without power, with more than 15,000 customers’ power having been restored.

Progress Energy Florida provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida.

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