Hurricane Ian will be a “catastrophic storm that is going to do significant damage,” Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light (FPL), said at a news conference.
“Ian is going to be a life-changing event. This is a very powerful, catastrophic storm that is going to do significant damage,” Silagy said.
He said that there will be sections of territory that the company will not be able to repair and will have to rebuild, adding that rebuilding can take many days or weeks.
FPL employees are working 24 hours a day, and they have deployed 19,000 workers throughout Florida, with 30 states being represented, and there are 37 sites open, he said.
They are deploying tens of thousands of poles, brakers, transformers, and thousands of miles of wire throughout the territory, as well as flying drones to evaluate damage after the storm.
So far, the company has restored power to over 270,000 customers in the last 12 hours, Silagy said.
Silagy stressed that safety is their number one concern and encouraged people to stay out of high water, don’t drive through high water, stay away from power lines, and follow instructions for portable generators.
Silagy was not yet able to give a timeline on restoring all power.