Juno Beach, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company reported today that its system sustained minimal damage as a result of Tropical Storm Alberto. At its peak, no more than approximately 11,000 customers from Sarasota to St. Augustine were without power at any given time due to Alberto, and FPL said it expects to restore power to all affected customers by tonight.
“We were prepared for the worst and are pleased that Alberto carried less of a punch than we anticipated,” said Geisha J. Williams, FPL vice president of power distribution and the executive in charge of power restoration. “Although the storm had minimal impact, Alberto served as a reminder to all of us to be prepared for what could be an active hurricane season.”
Even before Alberto made landfall, FPL had deployed company and contract crews from throughout its service territory to restore service following Alberto’s path through west, north and central Florida. As the crews complete service restoration to customers in these areas, FPL asks customers who are not affected by Alberto to be patient as the company works to restore power to those impacted by the storm.
The company asks everyone -- customers and employees -- to focus on safety before and after the storm and says it will focus on minimizing customer inconvenience.