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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE ANDREW

 FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE ANDREW
 MIAMI, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Damage to Florida Power & Light's (FPL) system from Hurricane Andrew was extensive according to initial reports from the utility's storm headquarters in Miami. The hardest hit counties were Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. FPL is now assessing damage reports and assigning extra crews and equipment to the affected areas.
 Earlier reports of a large oil spill occurring at the Turkey Point fossil plant site were erroneous. Damage to a 12,000 barrel oil tank was incurred, but the tank was completely contained in a concrete structure. FPL has no information that any significant release of oil occurred.
 The Turkey Point nuclear units were both shutdown Sunday night, prior to Hurricane Andrew's arrival. The units remain in shutdown condition with no loss of safety functions.
 The utility estimates that about 32 percent of its customers, approximately 1.2 million, are without electricity. Initial data indicates that numerous high voltage circuits were knocked out of service. Most of FPL's other damage appears to be from high winds and trees.
 FPL cautions the public to stay away from wires that are down or dangling. Report such hazardous conditions to FPL or police as soon as possible. Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind.
 Make sure children stay away from all wires and poles. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized.
 The utility also asks that customers not call to report individual power interruptions at this time. Overloaded switchboards may prevent emergency calls for police, firemen, medical personnel and Red Cross disaster units. Report individual trouble only after future announcements indicate that the majority of service has been restored.
 Restoration work is already in progress and due to the extensive damage done by Hurricane Andrew, complete restoration may take from several days to several weeks.
 -0- 8/24/92
 /CONTACT: Scott Dudley (investors) of Florida Power & Light Company, 407-694-4694/
 (FPL) CO: FPL ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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