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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT PRIMED FOR HURRICANE ANDREW

 FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT PRIMED FOR HURRICANE ANDREW
 MIAMI, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL)


has completed pre-storm preparations and is primed to respond efficiently following Hurricane Andrew's passing through south Florida.
 Storm team employees throughout FPL's service territory are poised for action as soon as the most dangerous portion of the storm has passed. FPL has established priorities for storm restoration that are intended to emphasize health, safety and essential community services and to restore service in a manner that will affect the greatest number of customers first.
 This past spring approximately 3,000 FPL office workers were trained to provide support to FPL's 650 regular power line crews. These storm- trained office workers are taught to recognize numerous kinds of equipment damage in the field and report it to repair crews. Most of these employees normally perform functions such as engineering, clerical, accounting or purchasing.
 "Our storm forces are like the National Guard or Reserves. They're part-time soldiers. They are ready to help in efforts to restore service to our customers as quickly as possible," explained Bob Marshall, vice president for power distribution.
 Immediately after hurricane force winds diminish, these employees will begin to survey assigned areas to locate and report problems. This frees repair crews to work on electric service facilities.
 "The idea is to go out and find problems instead of waiting for problems to be reported. That way, FPL repair crews can be sent to areas where electric service can be restored in the shortest period of time," Marshall said.
 FPL also maintains a reserve inventory of more than $2.8 million of materials, equipment and tools that might be needed to repair storm damage. Commonly used supplies are pre-packaged in sets, ready for shipment to areas hardest hit by storms.
 Power plants and equipment are secured against wind and water damage and plant employees will work around the clock to ensure continuous operation. FPL will not shut off power to its customers as the storm approaches. Customers will continue to have service as long as the network serving their particular home or business remains intact. If their service is knocked out, it will remain out, however, until restoration of that particular area has been completed.
 FPL's two nuclear units at Turkey Point will be placed in "hot shutdown" late this evening (Sunday). This means plant systems will continue to operate at minimal power although no electricity is generated. This allows the units to return to full-power operations quickly after the storm.
 "If the storm's damage is so extensive that FPL crews aren't able to handle it on their own, the utility has a contingency plan to request additional crews from other utilities in the Southeast, including Florida, Georgia and Alabama," Marshall explained. FPL sent repair crews to North and South Carolina in 1989 to help restore electrical service after the devastation of hurricane Hugo.
 During the storm and immediately following, Marshall cautions FPL customers to:
 -- Stay away from wires that are down or dangling. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Report such conditions to your local police or FPL as soon as possible.
 -- Avoid using the telephone to report that your power is off unless service has been restored to others in your neighborhood. This helps keep telephone lines clear for police and other emergency services.
 Customers should stay tuned to local radio and television stations that have been provided with FPL storm-related information.
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company corporate communications department, 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/ CO: Florida Power & Light Company ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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