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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT ISSUES HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT ISSUES HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light today issued the following:
 On day 12 of FPL's hurricane restoration effort, approximately 128,000 customer accounts remain without power in Dade County. Nearly 100,000 of those are located in the southern areas of the county where the damage from Hurricane Andrew was most severe.
 Throughout Dade County more than 4,000 electric utility crew members are involved in restoration work today and will continue working throughout the Labor Day weekend. Steady progress is being made in all areas of the county, although restoration progress is getting more difficult in two respects: (1) In the northern areas of the county, work grows more labor-intensive as crews concentrate on neighborhood-by- neighborhood cleanup of electrical service problems; and (2) In the southern areas of the county, tree and debris clearing, as well as total rebuilding of the electrical system also is impacting progress.
 FPL, its crews and all storm restoration personnel continue to express appreciation for the consideration and patience shown by customers who still do not have power. FPL wants every customer to know that the company's effort continues at full strength and full staffing in the effort to return electricity to each neighborhood and home.
 FPL also reports that its crews have been able to re-establish electric transmission service to the Florida Keys at its Card Sound interconnection with Florida Keys Electric Cooperative. The total rebuild of a 10-mile section of a 17-mile-long major line from SW 140 St. to Florida City, as well as repair to a 14-mile-long section of FPL line running from Florida City to Card Sound, will help local electric cooperative systems in the northern part of the Keys to restore full service to their customers.
 As we enter the weekend, we continue to request that motorists do everything possible to keep the roads clear not only for utility crews, but also for all other official vehicles involved in the relief and restoration effort. Traffic, combined with severe hurricane damage to our facilities, continue to be the most significant obstacles to our power restoration efforts.
 If we encounter thunderstorm activity this weekend, weather will be an additional factor. We can and will work in the rain, but must curtail restoration briefly if lightning is present. Thunderstorms and lightning strikes additionally pose a problem to areas of our service territory that have power restored and may contribute to longer than normal outages.
 Our crews continue to have problems with electricity flowing back into power lines, as a result of improper use of portable electric generators. Please continue to use portable generators safely. Keep them in a well-ventilated area.
 Plug appliances directly into the generator or use extension cords between the generator and appliances.
 In all neighborhoods, but especially south of Kendall Drive in heavily damaged areas of Dade County, please continue to TREAT ALL DOWNED POWER LINES AS IF THEY WERE ENERGIZED and stay away from them. In Dade County, the customer line -- for emergencies and downed sparking wires ONLY at this time -- is 442-8770.
 The specifics of FPL's restoration progress in Dade County, as of this morning (Sept. 5) is as follows:
 -- Dade: Approximately 128,000 customers remain out of service (14
 percent)
 -- MBO: Miami Beach area approximately 99 percent restored. Full
 service expected by Sept. 7.
 -- NEC: North Dade area approximately 99 percent restored. Full
 service expected by Sept. 10.
 -- NWO: NW 46th St. to NW 125th St. approximately 98 percent
 restored. Full service expected by Sept. 10.
 -- WEO: West Dade/Hialeah areas approximately 98 percent restored.
 Full service expected by Sept. 7.
 -- CEO: Miami Central/Liberty City areas approximately 98 percent
 restored. Full service expected by Sept. 8.
 -- SWO: Coral Gables area approximately 82 percent restored. Full
 service expected by Sept. 20.
 -- PNO: Southern Dade County:
 1. Sunset Drive south to SW 136th St., west of SW
 92nd Ave. -- 95 percent restored.
 2. Kendall Drive south to SW 168th St., east of SW
 92nd Ave. -- 32 percent restored.
 3. SW 136th St. to SW 168th St. -- 25 percent restored.
 4. SW 168th St. to SW 208th St., east of SW 137th
 Ave. -- no restoration as yet.
 5. SW 168th St. to SW 280th St. -- 10 percent
 restored.
 6. SW 280th St. to Monroe County -- no restoration
 as yet.
 -0- 9/5/92
 /CONTACT: Florida Power and Light corporate communications, 305-552-3883/ CO: Florida Power and Light ST: Florida IN: SU:


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