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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT UPDATE ON POWER OUTAGES

 MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company today issued the following update to assist customers in dealing with widespread power outages associated with high winds from the front that is passing over Florida:
 RESTORATION
 -- Customers who are without power should not contact FPL until after 3 p.m. today. All available crews are working to restore power, and the utility is aware of outage locations.
 -- FPL advises that because of the extent of equipment damage from high winds, some customers who currently do not have power may be out of service through the weekend. Because the storm is being followed by severe cold weather, customers without electricity may wish to plan other accommodations for Saturday evening. IF POWER HAS NOT BEEN RESTORED TO YOUR HOME BY NIGHTFALL SATURDAY, YOU SHOULD ASSUME YOU WILL BE OUT OF SERVICE FOR THE NIGHT.
 -- Please check broadcast media and newspapers to receive updated information. Crews will be working round-the-clock. However, high winds continue to affect FPL's system, which may result in further outages.
 SAFETY
 -- High winds -- some gusting to 90 mph in parts of the state -- have left a significant number of downed power lines and poles. PLEASE contact FPL immediately to report fallen equipment. DO NOT get near any electrical equipment, and stay clear of puddles where lines are down.
 -- As cold weather approaches, customers need to use extreme safety precautions with portable heating. Make sure portable heaters are a safe distance from furniture, drapes and other flammable objects. Check wires on electric heaters. Have adequate ventilation if you are using non-electric heating.
 -- Customers who are without power should use extreme care with candles. Do not leave a burning candle unattended. Winds can easily knock over candles and cause fires.
 -0- 3/13/93
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light, corporate communications department, 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/


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