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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT: HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

      FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT:  HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
    MIAMI, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a release from Florida Power & Light Company Chairman Jim Broadhead concerning Hurricane Andrew:
    Comments from FPL Chairman Jim Broadhead:
    On day five in the implementation of FPL's hurricane restoration plan, we have reduced the number of customers without service to approximately 325,000 in Dade and Broward counties.
    In Broward County, where we still hope to complete work by Sunday night, approximately 25,000 customers remain to be served.  In Dade County, we estimate approximately 300,000 customers are without power. We will have a more definitive number in Dade County after we complete our assessment, which is about two-thirds complete.
    Other significant numbers worth noting today are the increases in crew members working in the two counties:  approximately 2,900 people are in the field working 12-hour shifts, 24-hours-a-day.  They will be joined during the next two days by an additional 420 employees from other FPL service areas, from other utilities, and from contracting firms.  By Monday at noon, field crew members will number more than 3,320.
    We are proud of the work already accomplished by our own FPL employees and the hundred of teams from other sources -- and I wish I could say it has been done without injury.
    Regretably, however, a Florida Power Corporation crew member working in Fort Lauderdale last night suffered second-degree burns in an accident and was immediately taken to a hospital.  At Florida Power Corp.'s request, the victim was flown to Tampa for continued care.
    Last night's accident, and the two injuries we reported earlier this week, demonstrate the continuing need to stress safety as the top priority for our customers and utility employees.  We urge everyone to be careful as more and more people emerge from from their devastated neighborhoods and move about the community.
    Bob Marshall and Bill Hamilton have some important messages for our customers on the subject of safety and returning homes to service.  Bob will summarize the outage status first.
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    /CONTACT:  Florida Power & Light - corporate communications, 305-552-3883/ CO:  Florida Power & Light Company ST:  Florida IN:  UTI SU: SH -- NYSA001 -- 4720 08/29/92 11:24 EDT
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