On Thursday. Florida Power and Light officials advised reporters that the majority of of Florida’s power grid could be decimated by Hurricane Matthew.
The last major storm to hit southern Florida was Wilma in 2005. 2.5 million customers were with no power for at least 18 days – many .. for much longer.
When inquired what Floridians could anticipate from Hurricane Matthew, FP&L spokesman Robert Gould relayed a gloomy outlook.
“We could be talking about rebuilding the electric infrastructure,” Gould stated early Thursday afternoon. “There could not be much left in terms of infrastructure.”
In a statement, FPL stated that it is implementing every possible resource to address power problems as rapidly as possible.
“Our hardworking men and women at FPL, along with workers from contracting companies and our partner utilities from across the country, are ready to respond to Hurricane Matthew as soon as it’s safe to do so,” stated Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Our restoration workforce now totals more than 15,000 strong with approximately 12,000 of these workers in the field to restore our customers’ power. As long as it’s safe, our crews will be out in force 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.”
The catastrophic strike on the Florida electric grid might be mirrored in parts of Georgia and South Carolina as Matthew travels north impacting millions more and affecting the region’s electrical grid.
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