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FPL Simulates Planning And Response To Virtual Hurricane Ari In Preparation For 2010 Storm Season

With the 2010 hurricane season just weeks away, Florida Power & Light Company (NYSE: FPL) today conducted the final major exercise in its annual, company-wide preparations for emergency response and restoration in the event that a hurricane makes landfall in FPL’s service territory.

FPL’s comprehensive storm plan focuses on readiness, restoration and recovery in order to respond safely and as quickly as possible if a hurricane strikes its service territory.

While more than four years have passed since a major hurricane affected FPL customers, FPL continues to take storm season preparation extremely seriously, working to advance its restoration capabilities and continuously investing to improve the reliability and resiliency of its infrastructure.

“Florida Power & Light employees know our customers count on us to restore power and help get their lives back to normal after a destructive storm. While no utility can ever be 100 percent storm-proof, FPL trains rigorously so we are prepared to respond,” said Irene White, FPL’s senior director of operations support. “If a hurricane strikes, FPL will be working around the clock to restore service safely and as quickly as possible to each and every one of our customers.”

FPL Responds to Virtual Hurricane Ari

Employees from across the company participated in the annual hurricane drill to practice FPL’s emergency response plan, which includes tracking outages, assessing damage, communicating with customers and employees and initiating service restoration. Throughout the simulation, FPL tested its storm plans and tactics, applying lessons learned from previous hurricanes and other extreme weather events.

This year’s virtual hurricane, “Ari,” was a simulated storm that formed in the Atlantic and made landfall in Palm Beach County near Delray Beach as a Category 3. The storm then moved north across the state, passing directly over Lake Okeechobee before exiting the state north of Lake City.

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