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FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT -- 3 P.M. SUNDAY UPDATE

 MIAMI, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Co. is issuing the following update to keep customers informed about restoration of service disrupted by high winds from this weekend's cold front. The company also is updating its generating capacity situation for Monday.
 Restoration
 FPL expects to restore service to all but 70,000 homes and businesses by nightfall Sunday, or two percent of the utility's 3.3 million customer accounts. Restoration should be essentially complete tonight in Dade County and along the Gulf Coast from Manatee County to Monroe County. Scattered outages will remain overnight and Monday from Broward County north to the Georgia border.
 Customers without electricity may wish to plan other accommodations for Sunday night. IF POWER HAS NOT BEEN RESTORED TO YOUR HOME BY NIGHTFALL SUNDAY, YOU SHOULD ASSUME YOU WILL BE OUT OF SERVICE FOR THE NIGHT.
 FPL has 1,650 utility and contract crew members working on restoration


systemwide. FPL is sending crews from restored locations to heavily damaged areas.
 FPL System Capacity
 FPL is asking customer to avoid non-essential electricity use on Monday morning to reduce the potential for rotating blackouts and shorten their duration if implemented. FPL asks all customers to reduce electric heating and limit the use of non-essential electric appliances from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The five-hour period is necessary because electricity consumption begins to increase on work days and continues into the late morning as businesses, schools and government buildings open.
 In addition to issuing its appeal for public conservation, FPL will be implementing its pre-arranged load management programs for participating residential, industrial and commercial customers Monday morning.
 Statewide power supplies are tight Monday, and continued cold weather is expected for most of Florida.
 During the 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. period Monday, FPL requests that customers:
 -- Reduce thermostat settings for electric heating to 64F degrees or less, if health permits; keep temperature readings constant until notified that the energy shortage has passed.
 -- Turn off electric water heaters at the circuit breaker.
 -- Close curtains and blinds to help insulate homes and buildings against heat loss.
 -- Avoid using electric space heaters; turn them off when leaving the room or home.
 -- Limit use of non-essential appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers.
 -- Turn off all non-essential lighting and electric appliances, such as pool pumps and sprinkler systems.
 In addition customers should:
 -- Check to see that battery-operated radios and flashlights are available.
 -- For residents dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, check backup facilities and contingency plans.
 For customers who experience a power outage, turn off major appliances, including electric heating, immediately following the service interruption. This will help prevent the system serving the home from being overloaded. When power is restored, turn appliances on gradually, and only as needed.
 -- WAIT 30 BEFORE CALLING FPL FOR SERVICE ASSISTANCE if you experience a power outage. This will help keep phone lines open for calls on FPL equipment problems, unrelated to FPL-initiated, 30 minute rolling blackouts.
 Monitor news media reports to stay informed about conservation efforts.
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company, corporate communications, 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/


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