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FPL HURRICANE ANDREW OVERVIEW

 FPL HURRICANE ANDREW OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Day 17 of FPL's hurricane


restoration effort, we've reduced the number of customer accounts without power to approximately 84,000. All of these homes and businesses are in the southern parts of Dade County where progress is steady, but often frustratingly slow due to the amount of destruction. Since Hurricane Andrew turned out the lights to 1.4 million of our customers, we have returned service to 94 percent of those customers who lost electricity.
 FPL has essentially restored electric service to all homes and businesses north of Kendall Drive (SW 88 ST), except for some areas east of the Palmetto Expressway. Any customers north of Kendall Drive and west of the Palmetto Expressway who do not have power should call FPL to report the situation. That number is 305-442-8770.
 We are still projecting that we will be able to return the Coral Reef area by 9/15; the rest of the Coral Gables and South Grove area by 9/16 and the Suniland area by 9/22.
 Additionally, we are now projecting that we will be able to restore service to the remaining customers in the south county who can receive power, between now and early October. This includes customers in the Perrine, Princeton/Redlands and Homestead/Florida City area. However, FPL does not expect to reach 100 percent restoration in these areas, as many customers will not be able to receive power until they are able to rebuild.
 As we work our way into some south Dade neighborhoods, our crews are finding that many homes have electrical work that needs to be done before we can restore service. As we have since shortly after the storm, FPL urges customers to seek the assistance of a licensed electrician to repair damage to the area where FPL lines would connect to home wiring at the wall of your house. This area is called a weatherhead and includes the connecting wires and piping above your meter, as well as the box around your meter. Having this type of repair work done before FPL crews arrive in your neighborhood will significantly increase the number of people we are able to bring back in service at one time.
 Details of FPL's restoration progress in Dade County -- where 9 percent of the customer accounts remain out of service today (9/10) -- are as follows:
 Southwest Dade County -- Service has been restored to customers west of the Palmetto Expressway and north of SW 136 STREET. This includes customers in Westchester, the City of West Miami and the Killian area. Customers in this area should call FPL if they are without power.
 Southern Dade County:
 1. CORAL REEF area -- SW 136th Street to SW 168th Street, 48 percent restored. Restoration projected to be complete by 9/15.
 2. SUNILAND area -- Kendall Drive south to SW 168th Street, east of SW 92nd Ave, 49 percent restored. Restoration projected to be complete by 9/22.
 3. PERRINE area -- SW 168th Street to SW 208th Street, east of SW 137th Avenue, 6 percent restored. Restoration projected for completion on or before the 7th of October.
 4. PRINCETON area -- SW 168th Street to SW 280th Street, 22 percent restored. Restoration projected for completion on or before the 7th of October.
 5. HOMESTEAD/FLORIDA CITY areas -- SW 280th Street to Monroe County, remains 2 percent restored. Service is available to many customers in this area, although only a small number have been able to receive service. Restoration projected for completion on or before the 7th of October.
 -0- 9/10/92
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light corporate communications, 305-552-3883/
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