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FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 FPL HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Comments from Bill Hamilton, FPL


vice president of customer service:
 On Day 18 of FPL's hurricane restoration effort, we've reduced the number of customer accounts without power to approximately 77,000. 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 interrupted power to 1.4 million of our customers, we have returned service to 95 percent of those customers who lost electricity.
 FPL has essentially restored electric service to all homes and businesses north of S.W. 136th Street. and west of S.W. 92nd Avenue. Any customers in these areas who do not have power should call FPL to report the situation. That number is 305-442-8770. Bob Marshall will provide further details on the restoration areas.
 FPL still has more than 4,000 field personnel working on electric restoration. Crews will continue to work 12 or 16 hour shifts, around the clock, until power is fully restored.
 As we work our way into south Dade neighborhoods, our crews are finding that many homes need electrical work done before we can restore service. FPL urges customers to seek the assistance of a licensed electrician to repair damage to the area where FPL lines connect to the home. 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 customers we will be able to restore electric service to.
 FPL would like to remind all customers who have had their power restored or who were unaffected by the hurricane, that normal electric restoration times for routine power outages (thunderstorms, lighting and equipment problems) may take longer than usual. Also, individuals and business awaiting new electric service connections may be slightly delayed. FPL would like to thank all its customers for their patience during the restoration effort.
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