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FPL prepares for impacts of Hurricane Isaias

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 12:02:15-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The window to prepare for Hurricane Isaias is closing as the storm approaches Florida this weekend.

Florida Power & Light Company is finalizing preparations for possible power outages and encourages customers to be patient since the pandemic poses additional challenges.

All crew members will be required to have their temperature checked before the respond to issues in the field.

FPL also stresses the importance for homeowners to have their trees trimmed before storm season begins to minimize the impact on powerlines and neighborhood outages.

Tree specialists also suggest hiring a professional to trim trees to decrease the risk of branches falling on power lines.

“If there’s too much foliage, then the wind can’t pass through,” said Marcello Magalhaes, owner of Designer Tree Service in Delray Beach. “Trees could uproot and potentially fall a house or car.”

Only specially trained line-clearing professionals can trim trees and vegetation around power lines.

“If you have trees growing close to your house, take a look at the canopy to see if there’s anything broken,” said Magalhaes. “Especially if it’s over a driveway or a house.”

For more information about reporting power outages to FPL, click here.

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2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

TERMS TO KNOW

TROPICAL STORM WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.