FPL mobilizes staff, prepares for power outages

JUNO BEACH, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company has mobilized its staff and prepared its crews to work through the Thanksgiving Day holiday if severe weather leads to power outages for its 4.4 million customers.

High winds associated with the passage of a cold front could impact much of the FPL service area, the company said on Tuesday.

"We have taken the necessary steps to ensure we have additional overhead line and tree crews available to respond safely and as quickly as possible in the event of a power interruption," Mike Spoor, Vice President of Transmission and Substation said.

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Recently, FPL announced that it had cleared trees and palm fronds from 100,000 miles of power lines throughout its 35-county service territory in Florida since 2006 -- the equivalent to a distance four times the earth's circumference.

The project was part of a comprehensive program to fortify its electric system against severe weather and improve reliability.

Earlier this year, FPL announced that it inspected its one-millionth distribution pole as part of a project to inspect 1.1 million poles every eight years.

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