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HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW; COMMENTS FROM FPL PRESIDENT STEVE FRANK:

 HURRICANE ANDREW RESTORATION OVERVIEW;
 COMMENTS FROM FPL PRESIDENT STEVE FRANK:
 MIAMI, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light (FPL) this morning is continuing to make steady progress with its restoration efforts in Dade and Broward counties.
 Approximately 365,000 customers in the two counties remain without service in this fourth day of post-hurricane work by FPL crews and hundreds of crews from other utilities and contractors.
 We have come a long way from the 1.4 million customers left without electricity after Hurricane Andrew swept through on Monday. In Broward, the total number of customers to be restored is now under 40,000; in Dade, the total is approximately 330,000.
 As we discussed on Thursday, the work remaining to be done is the most difficult. For example in the Broward area, one of our restoration managers described it best this morning when he said we are now stringing a span of line to get two or three customers, when just a day earlier a new line brought dozens back into service.
 We'll be glad to spend some time with you this morning to explain the magnitude of damage that still confronts us, but let me assure you that more than 2,000 crew members are still laboring on 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to get as many people restored as soon as possible.
 Let me address two important matters that I'll ask Bob Marshall and Bill Hamilton to describe in greater detail:
 -- First, the issue of safety, which we continue to stress as paramount for our customers and employees.
 During the past 24 hours, a portable generator hooked into a customer's circuit injured two utility workers when electricity flowed back into FPL's system. We ask that the news media keep up the good work in communicating how to use portable generators safely so that customers don't endanger themselves, their neighbors and our employees.
 -- Second, the issue of traffic. As more people move about Dade and Broward counties, vehicles are hampering the progress of our trucks and crews.
 While we understand that many people are going back to work and running important errands, we ask that motorists stay off the road unless their trip is essential.
 This will help keep our crews moving in the very neighborhoods that need our attention the most.
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light corporate communications, 305-552-3882/ CO: Florida Power & Light ST: Florida IN: UTI SU:


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