FPUA Prepares for High Impact Winds and Rain from Hurricane Ian
Fort Pierce - Tuesday September 27, 2022: As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida’s shores, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) is taking steps to ensure the quick and safe restoration of any services impacted by the heavy winds and rain. For the safety of employees and customers, FPUA’s Customer Service Lobby will also be closed through Thursday, September 29th.
“We know that our customers rely on us and we are committed to taking every possible step to ensure quick and safe restoration of any services impacted by this storm,” said Javier Cisneros, FPUA’s Director of Utilities. FPUA activated its storm response plan on Friday afternoon. At that time, staff began fueling company vehicles and emergency generators, and gathering emergency supplies. All vital equipment, facilities, and plants have been secured in preparations for the severe weather.
High impact winds can cause scattered power and communications outages. Hurricane Ian has the potential to bring damaging winds, heavy rains, storm surge, and flooding to Fort Pierce. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Fort Pierce which indicates potential for winds from 58 to 73 miles per hour.
FPUA is prepositioning staff to respond to customer inquiries and restore utilities as quickly and safely as possible, as the weather conditions permit. During the storm, FPUA will track and report outages on our FPUA Outage Map which customers can access at: https://arcg.is/04f1ry. Immediately following the storm, once winds drop below 35 miles per hour, FPUA’s field crews will continue utility restorations and damage assessments.
Visit www.FPUA.com/storm-center/ for more storm tips and links. Please call FPUA’s emergency number at 772-466-7703 in the event of any of the following:
- If you smell gas evacuate immediately and call FPUA’s emergency phone number.
- Report broken sewer or water lines to FPUA’s emergency number.
- Don’t touch loose or dangling wires. Call FPUA’s emergency number to report damage to utility lines or poles.
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is a municipal, not-for-profit utility provider. Fort Pierce is one of more than 2,000 communities in the United States served by a community-owned electric utility, and one of very few who also provide water, wastewater, natural gas, and Internet services. Public utility systems are owned by the people they serve. All benefits from our locally controlled utility remain right here in the community.
Additional information is available at www.fpua.com.