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FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- FPL today released the following


comments:
 On Day 13 of FPL's hurricane restoration effort, approximately 114,000 customer accounts remain without power in Dade County. That's nearly 1.3 million returned to service since Hurricane Andrew tore through South Florida in the early morning hours of August 24.
 The good news this morning is that we have essentially restored electric service to all homes and businesses in our Miami Beach and West Dade service areas. If you live in one of these areas and are without power, please call FPL to report your situation. That number is 442- 8770. The boundaries of these two areas are as follows:
 (1) MIAMI BEACH -- South of 125 ST; East of the Intercoastal.
 (2) WEST DADE/HIALEAH -- South of the Dade/Broward County Line; West of NW 37 AVENUE AND/OR THE AIRPORT; and North of SW 8TH STREET (TAMIAMI TRAIL).
 In southeastern Dade County, particularly east of the Palmetto Expressway and south of Coral Way (SW 24th Street), progress continues to be excruciatingly slow. FPL asks for the continuing patience of customers in the southern end of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. In these areas extensive tree damage -- trees, wires and transformers downed by the storm and in a tangled mess -- continues to slow our progress despite significant resources assigned to the area. We continue to work toward a Sept. 20 date to fully return service in this area.
 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.
 (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.
 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.
 The specifics of FPL's restoration progress in Dade County -- where 13 percent of the customers remain out of service as of this morning (9/6) -- is as follows:
 MBO--Miami Beach area is essentially complete. Customers in this area should call FPL if they do not have service.
 WEO--West Dade/Hialeah area is essentially complete. Customers in this area should call FPL if they do not have service.
 CEO--Miami Central/Liberty city areas approximately 99 percent restored. Full service expected by 9/8.
 NEC--North Dade area approximately 99 percent restored. Full service expected by 9/10.
 NWO--NW 46 Street to NW 125 Street approximately 99 percent restored. Full service expected by 9/10.
 SWO--Coral Gables area approximately 89 percent restored. Full service expected by 9/20.
 PNO--Southern Dade County:
 1. Sunset Drive south to SW 136th Street, west of SW 92nd
 Ave -- 96 percent restored.
 2. Kendall Drive south to SW 168th Street, east of SW 92nd Ave
 -- 35 percent restored.
 3. SW 136th Street to SW 168th Street -- 26 percent restored.
 4. SW 168th Street to SW 208th Street, east of SW 137th Ave --
 5 percent restored.
 5. SW 168th Street to SW 280th Street -- 11 percent
 restored.
 6. SW 280th Street to Monroe County -- 14 percent restored.
 -0- 9/6/92
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Corporate Communications, 305-552-3883/
 (FPL) CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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