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Peter Haden / WLRN

With hurricane season fast approaching, Florida Power and Light is testing its systems — and more than 3,000 employees — to make sure they can get the lights back on quickly after a storm.

All this week at the Riviera Beach command center, the company is drilling for a hypothetical storm with characteristics similar to Hurricane Wilma, which struck Florida in 2005.

The company said it’s applying lessons learned from Hurricane Irma.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County’s mayor and Florida Power and Light have hatched a plan, likely costing hundreds of millions of dollars, to solve a looming offshore sewage problem.

FPL Delays Plan To Recoup Irma Costs

Jan 3, 2018
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

After saying in October it expected to collect an estimated $1.3 billion, Florida Power & Light has put on hold a plan to bill customers for the costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma.

Miami Herald

State regulators Tuesday approved a controversial proposal by Florida Power & Light to collect at least $176.4 million from customers for a project dealing with a saltwater plume that moved from an FPL plant into nearby groundwater.

Representatives of consumers and business and environmental groups fought the proposal, contending that customers should not have to pay for the clean-up project in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Herald

The public has until Dec. 12 to weigh in on whether Florida Power & Light should pass the $200 million clean-up tab for fixing leaking canals at Turkey Point on to customers.

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Today in Sundial: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is returning to Washington D.C. after receiving death threats for her recent kerfuffle with the White House. It was about two weeks ago when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claimed that the congresswoman had bragged about getting money for a new FBI building in Miami-Dade. But, it turns out that was untrue.

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After more than a month of finger-pointing and name-calling over the length of power outages after Hurricane Irma, the Coral Gables commission says it will sue Florida Power & Light to force the utility to upgrade its infrastructure within the city. 

WALTER MICHOT / Miami Herald

Florida Power & Light spent $3 billion over the past decade to strengthen its lines and power grid. But after Hurricane Irma left millions of FPL customers without power for a week or more, critics are asking what the money accomplished. 

The utility company says that the money was well spent and that the recovery after Irma went far better than the efforts after Hurricane Wilma. We'll hear from the utility on their performance, as well as the Florida Office of Public Counsel, the office created to represent utility consumers.

CAITLIN OSTROFF / MIAMI HERALD

The Florida Roundup concentrated this week on the recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. Guests included: 

Lineman Working In South Florida After Hurricane Irma Dies In Fall From Garage

Sep 21, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

A lineman from Sebring who was working to restore power in South Florida after Hurricane Irma fell to his death Sunday from the fifth floor of a Fort Lauderdale parking garage, police said.

Scott Christopher Reid, Jr. , 26, was preparing for work and standing near his truck around 5:25 a.m. at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort garage, at 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., when he fell, police said.

Detectives are not calling the incident a suspicious death and declined to release additional information.

Donna E. Natale Planas / Miami Herald

If you live in South Dade, and you still don’t have power, get ready to sweat a little longer.

FPL has tweaked its promise of restoring power to Miami-Dade County by Sunday night. Instead, anyone living south of Miller Drive — Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead and Florida City — will have their power restored by Tuesday night.

“We have refined our timeline,” FPL spokesman Richard Beltran told the Miami Herald late Friday. “Harder hit areas in South Dade will be up by Tuesday.”

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

If you’re still fretting in the dark about when your power will finally be restored, take heart: Florida Power & Light Co. has doubled-down on its promise to have the electricity up and running for all homes and businesses on the state’s east coast by the end of Sunday Sept. 17.

The west coast, where Hurricane Irma caused the greatest damage, will be back online by Friday Sept. 22.

C.M. GUERRERO. / Miami Herald

As hundreds of thousands of people in South Florida remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, many people are figuring out how to proceed. Here are answers to some of the questions you’ve been asking, including ones about where to get ice, where to dispose of debris and how long your refrigerator can stay cool. 

Alexandra Clough / Palm Beach Post

The city of Boca Raton suffered “several million dollars” worth of damage to its beaches from Hurricane Irma, Mayor Susan Haynie said Wednesday.

 

“The dunes got crushed,” said Chrissy Gibson, city spokeswoman. 

In addition, 49 percent of the city remained without power as of noon on Wednesday, Gibson said.

 

The city, like the rest of county, is slated to have its power restored by Sunday, Gibson said. In the interim, the county’s midnight to 6 a.m. curfew will be enforced in the city.

 

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Florida Power & Light has at least 11,000 crew members on standby to restore power after Hurricane Irma.

The utility says some substations may be shut off if flood waters get close - which means some people may be without power as the worst of the storm approaches. FPL spokesman Rob Gould says preemptively shutting off substations will allow for faster restoration of power after the storm.

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