After dumping rain on Florida, Tropical Storm Colin has moved out to sea, but FPL was ready to respond before the storm even hit.
"During the past 24 hours, we have been aggressive with our preparations, including having prepositioned more than 6,000 restoration resources throughout the state, paying particular attention to the West Coast of Florida, where we expect initial storm impacts, as well as in the Daytona-St. Augustine area," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO for FPL. "While we expect outages from Tropical Storm Colin, FPL has invested more than $2 billion since 2006 to build a stronger, smarter, more storm-resilient electric grid so we can get customers' power back on quicker after severe weather, such as what we're faced with today.
"As part of our planning for Tropical Storm Colin, we have mobilized and pre-positioned our restoration workforce, so they can quickly start working as soon as it is safe to do so. Restoring power safely and as quickly as possible is our top priority, and we ask our customers to be safe, too.
"As long as it's safe, our restoration crews will work to restore customers' power as the first bands of severe weather hit, and they'll work in-between weather bands and after the storm clears until all customers have power again."
About 7,600 people were without power in the Tampa Bay area on June 6. Duke Energy said Monday afternoon it had 3,600 customers without electricity, while Tampa Electric Company said on its website that 4,022 people were experiencing outages. In Jacksonville on Florida's Atlantic coast, about 2,300 customers were without power as heavy rains hit the area late Monday, according to the Jacksonville Energy Authority.