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FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT STORM RESTORATION PRIORITIES

 FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT STORM RESTORATION PRIORITIES
 MIAMI, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the significant damage to the


electric service system caused by Hurricane Andrew in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Florida Power & Light Company's phone lines are extremely overloaded. FPL has more than 1 million customers out of service in these three counties. The company has received thousands of calls regarding local downed power lines. FPL writes a trouble ticket for each reported location and will work these calls on a priority basis. If you have already called once or you are aware that neighbors have called about the same situation, please do not repeat your call at this time.
 FPL's top priorities for storm restoration 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, then smaller numbers. Specifically, FPL's priorities are:
 -- Initial clearing of main transmission lines that carry bulk electrical power, as well as substations that facilitate the long- distance transportation of power from various generating sources.
 -- Repair of main distribution lines (called feeders) and service to essential customers -- those facilities that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of the community.
 -- Restoration of selected distribution lines where it is possible to energize large groups of customers by making minor repairs.
 Block by block attention to damaged electrical system may take several days to several weeks and customers are urged to please be patient as FPL first attends to the biggest health and safety issues facing the community. Those "essential" groups who will be getting first priority are:
 -- Communications, including police radios for city, county and state; federal radio communications and broadcasting transmitters; local television and radio stations; daily newspapers.
 -- Telephone and telegraph.
 -- Gas supply utilities (manufacturing plants).
 -- Hospitals (surgical) and blood banks.
 -- Public service facilities, Red Cross facilities, city halls, county court houses, garbage disposal facilities, incinerators, health departments and U.S. weather bureaus.
 -- Designated sewage pump and disposal plants (sanitary & storm).
 -- Water supply utilities and fire pumps.
 -- Transportation services, including air transportation facilities, bridges (electrically operated), bus serviceem is capable of handling approximately 16,400 calls per hour. Extra staff are working the phones and extra lines are operable. However, if you have already reported a local situation, a ticket has been written and we ask that as much as possible do NOT duplicate calls.
 It is FPL's intent to work with the news media to advise what sections are out of power and what sections have been restored when this information is available.
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 /CONTACT: FPL public relations, 305-552-3894, or 305-552-3895/
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