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HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Comments from FPL Chairman and CEO


Jim Broadhead:
 -- FPL is pleased to report this morning that more than 1 million of
 the 1.4 million customers who lost service because of Hurricane
 Andrew now have electricity again. Included in that total are
 approximately 198,000 customers restored since our report last
 night. This morning, fewer than 400,000 customers remain without
 service.
 -- As expected, crews last night completed work in the Naples area.
 This closes out hurricane restoration efforts in all but Broward
 and Dade counties, and means we can concentrate more than 2,000
 crew members from FPL and other sources in the affected areas.
 -- The work remaining to be done will be the most difficult because
 of the difficult working conditions and incredible damage to all
 aspects of FPL facilities. This will continue to slow the rate
 of improvement, but we are working as quickly as possible to get
 electricity to customers able to accept it.
 -- Unfortunately, we understand that there are tens of thousands of
 homes and businesses severely damaged or destroyed, especially in
 South Dade. For these customers, faced with an enormous
 rebuilding task, it will be a long time before they will be in
 any condition to use electric power.
 -- In addition to power restoration efforts, we have been assessing
 damage to our power generation equipment in South Florida.
 Fortunately, we expect that damage to our power plants in Dade
 County will not significantly impact system capability. Our
 energy production facility at the Turkey Point site suffered
 extensive damage and will be off-line for several months. The
 Turkey Point nuclear units remain off-line and in a safe
 condition.
 -- Bob Marshall and Bill Hamilton will provide greater detail on the
 restoration work. Let me close by reminding everyone that public
 safety is the first priority. Finally, we appreciate the news
 media's great response in communicating safety information, as
 well as your diligence and accuracy in the reporting of our
 restoration efforts.
 -0- 8/27/92
 /CONTACT: Dale Thomas of Florida Power & Light corporate communications, 305-552-3898/ CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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