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FPL Working Throughout the Night to Complete Restoration

Sep 16, 2001

Florida Power & Light Company crews have made significant progress restoring service to customers following Tropical Storm Gabrielle and will be working throughout the night to finish restoring service. FPL expects all customer electric service restoration will be essentially complete in the morning.

Currently more than 1,750 personnel are directly engaged in restoration activities in the Bradenton-Sarasota region where the storm made landfall on Friday.

"Florida Power & Light is very appreciative of the patience and understanding of our customers," said Armando Olivera, senior vice president of power systems. "We want to assure everyone that our workers will stay on the job until we have restored service to every customer who experienced storm damage. We regret any inconvenience caused by Tropical Storm Gabrielle."

FPL said some extra crews will remain in the Bradenton-Sarasota area and in St. Johns County in northeast Florida for the next several days to complete street light work and other clean up efforts, as well as to handle any new calls that may be generated when businesses re-open Monday or residents return from out-of-town trips.

  As of 9 p.m. Sunday, 26,000 customers were without power.

  Southwest Florida      Northeast/Central Florida
  Charlotte - 1,000      Putnam - 1,000
  DeSoto -  500          Flagler -  500
  Manatee -  10,000      St. Johns - 2,000
  Sarasota -  11,000



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