US utility Florida Power & Light has restored power to almost 70,000 consumers left without power as a result of Hurricane Dorian.
The outages were mainly due to trees and vegetation falling on equipment and power lines.
Eric Silagy, CEO of FPL, said: “As we have been restoring power to our customers as Dorian makes its way closer to Florida, our hearts go out to our neighbours in the Bahamas who have been devastated by Hurricane Dorian. While it is too soon to know the full extent of the damage, we stand at the ready to support the Bahamas in their time of need.
“Dorian remains a dangerous hurricane just off the east coast of Florida.
“Our hardworking men and women have been actively responding to outages resulting from Dorian’s outer bands of severe weather. As long as it is safe to do so, our crews will continue to restore customers and will not stop until every customer has been restored. While Dorian’s impact has not been as severe as originally feared in South Florida, we cannot be complacent about this strong hurricane. We urge our customers to remain vigilant and keep safety top of mind and heed warnings from state, local and federal officials.”
FPL continues to closely monitor the path of the storm. As it moves north, the company is continuing to coordinate with its industry mutual assistance partners to reallocate resources to assist those in Dorian’s path.