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HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The following are comments from FPL


President Steve Frank:
 This is day 6 of the company's hurricane plan implementation, and this morning we have fewer than 300,000 customers out of service in Dade and Broward counties.
 The number of customers without service in Broward is approximately 12,000. FPL hopes to remain on schedule for completing Broward tonight. In Dade County, the count is approximately 275,000.
 Our damage survey work in Dade is about 85 percent complete. The assessments will help us efficiently deploy crew members still moving into the county. As we previously announced, more than 3,300 FPL employees and other workers will be on the job in Dade by Monday afternoon. We also are evaluating the need for even more people available to us from other sources.
 Our focus on hurricane restoration is being hindered by thunderstorms that caused quite a few power outages yesterday. The storms flooded some areas and lightning created additional safety problems for customers and our field crews. Some outages affected customers who had just been restored after losing service to the hurricane. The forecast today calls for afternoon thunderstorms.
 The thunderstorms raise an important issue that we would like our customers to be aware of -- and that is the still-fragile nature of our repaired system. Lightning struck a major transmission line Saturday, and because of the hurricane we were not able to recover as quickly as would have been possible in normal circumstances. In many hurricane- affected areas we do not have the backup and redundant transmission systems that would normally be available to us. Redundant systems allow us to recover from thunderstorm outages relatively quickly, but it will be some time before FPL can rebuild backup transmission lines and other facilities.
 Customers can help in this matter by moderating their use of electricity to the extent possible. For example, when businesses open on Monday and more people return to workplaces, it would be helpful if everyone keeps their air-conditioning thermostats on comfortable -- but NOT extra-cool -- settings. Let me emphasize that this is a matter of coping with a fragile network, not a matter of having insufficient generating capability.
 Before Bob Marshall and Bill Hamilton provide some additional information, we offer two important reminders:
 -- FPL is bringing in 20-25 tractor trailer-loads of materials every day, and new crews are headed south into Dade today and Monday -- but it is taking too long because of traffic. Dade residents can help FPL's restoration efforts by staying off the roads whenever possible.
 -- They can also help by staying off the telephone unless absolutely necessary. Keeping the road and telephone networks clear will help not only FPL, but also many of the government and private agencies participating in the restoration effort.
 -0- 8/30/92
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company - corporate communications department, 305-552-3883/ CO: Florida Power & Light Company ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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