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.