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FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- FPL today released the following


Hurricane Andrew restoration overview:
 -- On Day 16 of FPL's hurricane restoration effort, we've reduced the number of customer accounts without power to approximately 92,000, all within Dade County. This represents 6.5 percent of the nearly 1.4 million customer accounts that were without service after Hurricane Andrew. From a systemwide standpoint, 3 percent of our total customer base is now out of service due to the hurricane.
 -- FPL has essentially restored electric service to all homes and businesses north of Tamiami Trail and in downtown Miami and adjacent areas. Customers who live in these areas and are without power should call FPL to report the situation. That number is 305-442-8770.
 -- FPL has revised its projection for fully restoring service in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables north of Kendall Drive. We are now estimating Sept. 16, a two-day improvement since yesterday's briefing. However, these areas continue to be some of the most difficult in which to work because of the severe damage.
 -- In southern Dade, FPL is projecting a completion date of Sept. 10 for the Killian area, which is one day earlier than our previous estimate. The completion date for the Suniland area continues to be Sept. 22. Although our survey for the Coral Reef area is not yet complete, we are projecting a Sept. 15 completion date.
 -- For the remaining three areas south of 168th Street -- Perrine, Princeton and Florida City -- we expect to have projections in another day or two.
 -- We want to alert the public to an issue that is slowing our restoration effort. Many of our downed power lines and other equipment are being stolen and sold for scrap. Some of this equipment can be re- used in our restoration work. In some cases, even new supplies destined for system restoration have been stolen. We are working with salvage yards and recycling firms to prevent as much of this illegal activity as possible. It is a felony to take FPL property, even if it has been damaged, and FPL is seeking prosecution of the individuals involved. We ask that anyone who has information about illegal salvaging contact law enforcement agencies or FPL.
 -- Details of FPL's restoration progress in Dade County -- where 10 percent of the customer accounts remain out of service today (9/9) -- are as follows:
 Southwestern Dade County -- West of the Turnpike Extension essentially complete. Customers in this area should call FPL if they are without power. The Westchester area, which is east of the Turnpike Extension and west of the Palmetto Expressway between the Tamiami Trail and Sunset Drive, is approximately 98 percent complete. It is scheduled for restoration by 9/11. The Coral Gables area is approximately 90 percent restored. Full service is expected by 9/16.
 Southern Dade County:
 1. KILLIAN area -- Sunset Drive south to SW 136th Street, west of
 SW 92nd Ave, 99 percent restored. Restoration projected to be
 complete by 9/10.
 2. SUNILAND area -- Kendall Drive south to SW 168th Street, east
 of SW 92nd Ave, 46 percent restored. Restoration projected to
 be complete by 9/22.
 3. CORAL REEF area -- SW 136th Street to SW 168th Street, 35
 percent restored. Restoration is projected to be complete by
 9/15.
 4. PERRINE area -- SW 168th Street to SW 208th Street, east of SW
 137th Avenue, 6 percent restored.
 5. PRINCETON area -- SW 168th Street to SW 280th Street, 19
 percent restored.
 6. HOMESTEAD/FLORIDA CITY areas -- SW 280th Street to Monroe
 County, service is available to many customers in this area,
 although only approximately 200 customers (2 percent) have
 been able to receive service.
 -0- 9/9/92
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light corporate communications, 305-552-3883/
 (FPL) CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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