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FPL NEWS MEDIA SUMMARY; HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW

 FPL NEWS MEDIA SUMMARY;
 HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW
 MIAMI, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Comments from FPL Chairman and CEO Jim Broadhead:
 FPL is pleased to report this morning that we have reduced the number of customer accounts without power to an estimated 250,000 homes and businesses. Seven days ago, approximately 1.4 million customer accounts had no electricity. Thus, service has been restored to approximately 82 percent of customer accounts that were without electricity.
 Last night, FPL succeeded in substantially completing its work in Broward County. The last 600 should be completed by noon today, so we encourage any Broward customers to call us if they remain without power this afternoon.
 In keeping with the plan we previously discussed, we are now dispatching more restoration workers to Dade County. The teams working in Broward on Sunday are now in Dade County or are moving here today or tomorrow. As we speak, a convoy of trucks loaded with crews and materials are heading for south Dade County. This places more than 3,300 crew members in the areas remaining to be restored, and we are evaluating the need for additional assistance offered to us from outside sources.
 The hard-working teams from FPL and elsewhere have done an excellent job in our week-long sprint to restore power. To use an analogy, the restoration race today becomes a marathon, especially in the southern Dade area. Our work in this long run will -- by necessity -- be an almost total reconstruction of the transmission and distribution network in many areas south of Kendall Drive.
 In addition, we remind our customers that the pace of restoration in other parts of Dade will continue to be slower because of the extensive damage to poles, lines and transformers in the neighborhoods. Bob Marshall and Bill Hamilton will update you on our activities today.
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light Company corporate communications, 305-552-3883/ CO: Florida Power & Light Co. ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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