Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Nuclear plants in Hurricane Irma's path are shutting down

Nuclear plants in Hurricane Irma's path are shutting down

The Category 4 hurricane swept over the Florida Keys Sunday morning on its path to mainland Florida. "Our goal is to continue providing our customers power now and during the storm", the company said in an issued statement.

The number of homes and businesses without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma pummels the southern part of the state approached 600,000 Sunday morning.

"To be clear, FPL has no plans to shut down power to its customers".

The state's largest investor-owned utility, Florida Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., said that more than 2 million of its customers already had experienced a loss of power as a result of the storm, though crews had been able to fix some of those outages.

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The inspectors will remain at the nuclear plant sites and the incident response center will remain staffed until the agency is assured that the storm no longer poses a risk to these facilities, the agency said.

FPL has spent $3 billion since its system was slammed by seven hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.

"This storm is unprecedented as far as strength and size". Palm Beach County had more than 40,000 outages. He expects thousands of miles (kilometers) of poles and lines will need to be replaced, particularly on the Gulf coast. More than 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices. "That restoration process will be measured in weeks, not days", said FPL spokesman Rob Gould at a news conference on Sunday. "Right now, more than 16,000 workers have descended on the state from 30 states, including Canada".

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