Restoring your power faster by getting one step ahead of severe weather
The end of summer and start of fall tends to be a busy time for all of us. The hurried pace in our own lives often coincides with some heightened activity in the Atlantic as hurricane season reaches its peak. That’s why here at FPL, we want to help you get your life up and running again as quickly as possible when storms cause damage. While I can’t predict what Mother Nature has in store, I’d like to give you an inside look at what we’re doing to get one step ahead of severe weather.
Thanks to our very own in-house meteorologist, Tim Drum, we’re able to keep a close eye on the weather. Tim monitors weather patterns before storms even materialize, helping us always stay one step ahead. Once a storm forms, he closely tracks it to provide as precise a forecast as possible, helping us anticipate the number of crews needed and where. That means that once a storm has passed, crews are in place and ready to act – leading to faster restoration times.
As I shared at the start of the season, over the next three years we’re also accelerating our ongoing work to make improvements that will make our system more resilient against storms. Being situated on a peninsula, we’re well aware of the threat storm surges pose to our equipment. That’s why we’ve begun work on our project to minimize flood damage to our substations. Learning from the impact of Superstorm Sandy on the Northeast, we’re closely monitoring water levels at our substations that are most susceptible to storm surges. Taking this action now helps us prevent outages from happening during a storm and gives us data to make fast, well-informed decisions in real-time, cutting down on the time it takes for us to get your lights back on.
I’m happy to report that our strengthening efforts are paying off. Earlier this season, when Tropical Storm Andrea passed through our area, we were able to restore power to customers faster than before. It’s important to all of us here that we get life back to normal quickly following any severe weather that causes outages. See how we do it in this behind-the-scenes look.
While we hope the remaining months of the season will remain quiet, we continue to take storm preparation seriously. We urge you to do the same and visit our Storm Center for tips and resources on how to prepare your home or business. In the meantime, we wish you a safe storm season.
– Eric Silagy
As president of Florida Power & Light Company, Eric Silagy leads the thousands of employees who bring affordable, reliable power to you every day. He’s raising his family here in the sunshine state, something that fuels his drive to always look for ways to make tomorrow better for all of us.
Your safety is very important to us. If this is a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room. For non-emergencies, you can reach us during regular business hours via Facebook private message, or follow and message us on Twitter and one of our representatives will assist you. To report an outage, please call 1-800-4-Outage. Thank you and please stay safe.