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14 September, 2017

OTTAWA-Canadian electricity crews have headed south to help millions of people left without power by Hurricane Irma, which tore through a number of Caribbean islands and Florida over the past week.

Gulf Power's storm center serves as an emergency operations center during hurricanes and is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200 miles per hour.

Gould said FPL might have to turn off some substations ahead of any major flooding, a technique that could help the company restore power faster once any floodwaters recede, rather than keeping them on and allowing the storm to damage them.

Florida residents are drifting back from shelters and far-away havens to see Hurricane Irma's scattershot destruction.

Customers living in the hard-hit neighborhoods in southwest Florida, where damage was much more extensive, were expected to get power restored within 10 days.

Once Irma passes, crews will begin restoring power to customers in the company's service area, and then could be sent to other parts of the state to assist other power companies' fix work.

The NRC inspectors are verifying that all of the preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available to be used if the storm affects off-site power supplies, the agency said in a statement.

More than 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada were involved in the restoration efforts, including those from the affected companies and other utilities, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

Utilities in the U.S. Southeast returned power to nearly half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving about 4.3 million customers in the dark as of midday Wednesday, in one of the biggest restoration efforts in U.S. history.

"That will take weeks".

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc.

"This storm has the potential to eclipse Hurricane Andrew", Gould said.

Hydro One Inc.is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and annual revenues of over $6.5 billion. Turkey Point's nuclear reactors are enclosed in six feet of steel-reinforced concrete and sit 20 feet above sea level, the Miami Herald reported.


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