Some 2.9 million without power in Florida after Wilma
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Florida Power & Light Co. restored
power to more than 251,000 customers out of the 3.2 million
left without electricity by Hurricane Wilma on October 24, the
company said in a release Tuesday.
FP&L, a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based FPL Group
Inc., warned it could take weeks to restore power to all 2.9
million customers but many will have power before then.
A company spokeswoman said it was still too early to
estimate the cost of the damage and restoration effort.
The company, which is still assessing the damage to the
electric grid, said it has already found extensive damage to
its transmission lines and substations.
The power plants however appeared to be in good shape, FP&L
The storm forced the company to shut three nuclear reactors
including the 839-megawatt St Lucie 2 unit and the two 693 MW
units 3 and 4 at the Turkey Point station. The company did not
mention the nuclear units in its statement and officials were
not immediately available to discuss when the reactors might
return to service.
One MW powers about 800 homes, according to North American
The company said it would start the restoration process by
repairing any damage to power plants and major transmission
lines that carry power from the plants to the towns and
At the same time the company would restore service too
those who provide for community health, safety and welfare like
hospitals, police, fire, communications, water, sanitation and
After dealing with the critical infrastructure, the company
said it would restore all other customers focusing on the
repairs that will return power to the largest number of people
FPL’s subsidiaries own and operate more than 31,000 MW of
generating capacity across the United States, market energy
commodities, and transmit and distribute electricity to more
than 4.3 million customers in Florida.