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FPL RESTORATION PROGRESS UPDATE

 FPL RESTORATION PROGRESS UPDATE
 MIAMI, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company


reported this afternoon that the most recent assessment of damage to its system, and the resulting total number of homes and businesses out of service, are even greater than estimated earlier today.
 At the same time, FPL reported that most of the damage to the system in Broward, Palm Beach and lower Lee County (Naples area) should be completed Thursday, returning the majority of those customers to service.
 Southern Dade County remains the hardest hit with extensive damage to standing equipment, substations and major feeders that carry power from the substations into local neighborhoods. Whole areas south of Kendell Drive in Dade County have downed power poles, lines and equipment damage consistent with the total loss of homes and businesses in many areas.
 Immediately following the storm Monday morning approximately 1.4 million customers (accounts) were without electric service. Since that time electric service has been restored to more than 620,000 homes and businesses.
 As FPL uses accounts or meters as a measure of customers, the actual number of people initially affected by the storm outages was in excess of 3 million people, primarily in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in southeast Florida, as well as in areas around Naples, Fla., on the southwest coast of Florida were Hurricane Andrew exited the state into the Gulf of Mexico.
 The latest assessment of damage shows the following corrections to the number of customers without service around FPL's system:
 Dade County -- 640,000 (78 percent)
 Broward County -- 132,000 (19 percent)
 Palm Beach County -- 1,500 (less than 1 percent)
 Lee County (Naples area) -- 6,000 (1 percent)
 Total FPL Service Territory -- 779,500 (24 percent)
 -0- 8/25/92
 Special to Dade County News Media:
 All Florida Power & Light Company lobby locations in Dade County will remain closed through Monday, Aug. 31, to allow FPL to utilize its employees for hurricane restoration efforts.
 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light corporate communications department, 305-552-3883/ CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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