FPL continues fixing power problems

Thousands without power in Broward, Miami-Dade two days after Isaac

By Glenna Milberg - Reporter

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - Florida Power & Light restored power to all but some 6,000 South Florida customers in the dark since Isaac rolled past two days ago, blaming much of the outages on the storm's winds knocking down tree branches.

There are 12 other staging areas to house about 4,300 out-of-state contractors who arrived to help restore power to some who had been without it for days. Most of the contractors have been working 16 hour shifts and have come from as far north as Pennsylvania.

Falling tree limbs have been the biggest problem. Flooded neighborhoods will have to wait until water recedes enough for restoration crews.

"Tropical Storm Isaac had some very strong, sustained winds, and a lot of vegetation hit our wires and caused a lot of outages," said Erik Hofmeyer with FPL. "We're actually in the final stages of our restoration right now. We're hoping to have it done by the end of the day. Just about everyone will expect their power back. Some areas are flooded and we can't get in there. Water and electricity don't mix very well, so some areas we have to make sure it's perfectly safe for us to come in there."

Many contractors brought in are tree trimmers who must clear fallen trees and limbs before electricians can restore power lines.

In Hialeah, one family said they had been without power since Sunday. They were happy to see the utility crews roll in on Tuesday

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 1,910 customers were without power in Broward and 3,910 customers were without power in Miami-Dade.

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