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Irma Latest: Utility says it will take weeks to restore power

Irma Latest: Utility says it will take weeks to restore power

According to the Florida Power and Light company's power tracker, more than 50,000 of the outages are located in Miami-Dade county.

"We will safely shut down these nuclear plants well in advance of hurricane-force winds, and we've finalized plans for that shutdown", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference.

So far, the brunt of the storm has affected Florida Power & Light's (FPL) customers in the southern and eastern sections of the state. "This is a very powerful storm and every bit of Florida is going to feel its wrath".

Duke Energy Corp., the state's second-largest utility, has estimated it could see more than 1 million outages because of Irma.

At this point in time, "it is not expected that the St. Lucie nuclear power plant will be shut down as result of Irma, though we will closely monitor the changing weather conditions", the utility said.

All other Central Florida counties have 30 or less customers without power. That is a decrease from the Category 5 designation Irma previously held. More than 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices.

Gould said FPL might have to turn off some substations ahead of any major flooding, a technique that could help the company restore power faster once any floodwaters recede, rather than keeping them on and allowing the storm to damage them.

The inspectors will remain at the nuclear plant sites and the incident response center will remain staffed until the agency is assured that the storm no longer poses a risk to these facilities, the agency said.

48 hours after landfall, county by county estimates are given and finally 96 hours after landfall they provide restoration estimate at a more local level.


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