Canadian hydro crews head south to help restore power in Florida, Caribbean

FPL: Shutting down Turkey Point will not impact pre-storm power

FPL: Shutting down Turkey Point will not impact pre-storm power

In 2017, Hydro One was awarded the prestigious Emergency Recovery Award by the Edison Electric Institute for its power restoration efforts after a severe winter storm ravaged most of Ontario in March 2016. The company updated technology - which Silagy says now allows it to pinpoint outages without customers needing to report them - and strengthened power lines and poles.

It gradually lost strength, weakening to a tropical storm by Monday morning with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles (110 km) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT).

The news is an improvement from Gould's estimate on Monday that it would take weeks.

FPL, like other utilities, follows a plan to restore power to the largest number of customers as quickly as possible.

The NRC inspectors are verifying that all of the preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available to be used if the storm affects off-site power supplies, the agency said in a statement.

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One of the many rumors circulating as Hurricane Irma draws closer to South Florida is that residents will lose power once FPL shuts down the Turkey Point nuclear plant ahead of the storm. At least seven storm-related deaths been reported in Florida, Georgia and SC, according to local officials.

But those on the west coast of Florida - where Irma made its final landfall - will likely have power restored by September 22.

"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest power restoration efforts in US history", Kuhn said.

Most of those costs were related to Matthew, which caused a third as many outages as Irma did for FPL. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association.

In Georgia, more than 1 million customers - which includes households and businesses - were in the dark, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC.

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But an FPL spokesman said the plant was "safe and ready for Hurricane Irma".

"This storm has the potential to eclipse Hurricane Andrew", Gould said.

Gov. Rick Scott said 30,000 workers from out of state are assisting efforts to restore power to about 5.4 million customers.

Florida outages for Duke, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, so far have peaked at around 863,000.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

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