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APPROXIMATELY 330,000 FPL CUSTOMERS WITH POWER STATEWIDE

 MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 330,000 Florida Power & Light Co. customer accounts remain without electrical service due to high winds and lightning from a storm system that swept across most of the utility's 35-county service area overnight.
 Preliminary assessments indicate that Gulf coast areas south of Sarasota were the hardest hit as 90 mile-per-hour winds felled power poles and lines. Approximately 87,000 FPL customer accounts along the west coast were without electricity Saturday morning, with the Naples area reporting the most extensive damage to utility equipment. Authorities ordered the evacuation of some low-lying keys along the southwest coast, including FPL crews sent there to restore service.
 Scattered outages have been reported from north of Dayton Beach to Dade County in the south. Current estimates of customer accounts without power include:
 -- Dade County, 92,000
 -- Broward County, 33,000;
 -- Treasure Coast area (Palm Beach and surrounding counties),
 82,000;
 -- Brevard County north to Florida-Georgia border -- 33,000;
 -- Manatee County south to Monroe County, 87,000.
 Approximately 500,000 customer accounts were initially without service. FPL crews -- who earlier today restored service to about 170,000 homes and businesses -- have restoration efforts under way throughout the state. The company is assessing how soon the remaining customers will have service restored.
 Utility officials remind customers to stay away from downed power lines; customers should report downed poles and lines by calling FPL at the telephone numbers listed on their power bills or in their local telephone directories.
 To keep phone lines open for emergency calls, such as downed lines, customers should NOT call FPL to report local power outages until after 3 p.m. today. FPL is aware of damaged areas and is working to restore service as quickly as possible.
 Residents without power should not use candles, which would be blown over in open homes if strong winds continue.
 FPL serves 3.3 million customer accounts in all or parts of 35 counties.
 -0- 03/13/93
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light, corporate communications department, 305-552-3894, or 305-552-3895/


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