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With 7.4 million without power, utility workers get respect

12 September 2017

Spokeswoman Marie Bertot asserted that the power would stay on during the storm, squashing rumors stating otherwise.

That's how the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) trade group described the challenge facing utilities in the days and weeks to come. Both are elevated to 20 feet (6 meters) above sea level and are equipped with multiple backup generators to keep the reactors cool in the event of a power outage.

FPL has about 1 million customer accounts, or 2 million people, in Manatee, Sarasota, De Soto, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Monroe counties, according to its website.

The NRC inspectors are verifying that all of the preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available to be used if the storm affects off-site power supplies, the agency said in a statement.

'FPL has one of the smartest, strongest grids in the country.

The first day is spent assessing damage to plan safe and quick restoration and clear areas of downed power lines.

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Staging areas are shifting west with Irma to be ready to work when the storm passes. This could take weeks or longer "if Irma's worst fears are realized", he said.

'Turkey Point actually had a direct impact hit by Hurricane Andrew, a category 5, and suffered no damage to its nuclear facilities, ' Silagy stated.

Then, service is returned to the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time - including service to major thoroughfares that host supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and other needed community services. Next come "critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers". FPL anticipates that customers will likely experience more than one outage throughout the duration of the storm, particularly as Irma's speed has slowed. "Just like our customers, we too live here and take this personally, and all of us at FPL are dedicated to getting the lights back on safely and as quickly as possible", added Silagy.

As of Monday, the state's generation fleet had remained up and running as normal, with the exception of two FPL nuclear power plants directly in Irma's path.

Georgia Power reported no problems with its power plants, including its Vogtle and Hatch nuclear power plants, which it noted "are created to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding".

With 7.4 million without power, utility workers get respect