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FPL Activates Emergency Response Plan Ahead of Landfall

FPL is closely monitoring Nicole and making preparations to respond safely and as quickly as possible

South Florida - Monday November 7, 2022: As Subtropical Storm Nicole approaches Florida, Florida Power & Light Company has activated its emergency response plan and is urging customers to prepare for power outages.

The latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows landfall as a hurricane along Florida’s east coast Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning. Nicole’s large size will likely result in Florida experiencing the storm’s impact well ahead of landfall.

Following Hurricane Ian’s widespread destruction just a few weeks ago, Nicole has the potential to topple storm-weakened trees throughout FPL’s service area, especially in the western and central part of Florida. In addition, Nicole may bring heavy rains, storm surge and flooding that may slow access for crews restoring power after the storm.

“We recognize our customers are experiencing storm season fatigue after Hurricane Ian, but it’s important to be vigilant and focused as this storm approaches,” said Eric Silagy, chairman and CEO of FPL. “Ian saturated soil and weakened trees in many parts of the state, so Nicole could cause trees to topple over and other vegetation and debris to blow into overhead power lines and equipment, which may cause outages. We know our customers are counting on us and we are following our proven plan to be ready to respond safely and as quickly as possible.”

As FPL prepares for widespread outages stretching over multiple days, the company is urging customers to prepare and not to focus on the “centerline” path of the storm, as this often shifts, and treacherous conditions are likely to extend far beyond Nicole’s center.

FPL is positioning its restoration workforce for rapid restoration.

In addition to line workers, the restoration team includes:

• Tree-clearing professionals who perform the critical task of removing trees and other vegetation that impact power lines.
• Drone pilots that enable FPL to quickly put eyes on any damage to make sure the right crews and the right equipment are deployed to the right place.

FPL urges customers to review their family and business emergency plans, keep a close watch on the development and path of the storm and follow the advice of local, state and federal emergency preparedness officials.

Preparation and safety tips are available at FPL.com/Storm. FPL is proactively reaching out to customers in advance of Nicole’s projected landfall.

Additional resources

*Customers can download the FPL app for on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts. You can also report or get the latest information on an outage on the app.
The app is available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play.

• FPL website: FPL.comhttps://FPL.com