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If you lose power in Dorian, here’s how to stay updated on when it’ll be restored

Florida Power & Light prepares for Dorian

FPL Vice President Marketing & Communication David Reuter discusses the importance of hurricane preparation and the threat Dorian poses.
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FPL Vice President Marketing & Communication David Reuter discusses the importance of hurricane preparation and the threat Dorian poses.

Many homes will lose power during Hurricane Dorian. That’s why cable and power companies are prepping for the worst.

“We’re actively working with other utilities from across the United States to secure additional crews and equipment and pre-positioning resources in advance of the storm’s landfall, so we are ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Florida Power & Light president Eric Silagy.

FPL has nearly 13,000 employees on call to assist with power restoration. The utility recommends downloading the FPL app or texting “Join” to MyFPL (69375) to stay up to date on outages.

Similarly, cable companies are gearing up with their own disaster response teams.

“Customers rely on us, especially during major storms,” AT&T Southeast President Joe York said. “That’s why we practice readiness drills and simulations throughout the year and do all we can to have our networks prepared when severe weather strikes.”

AT&T has a Network Disaster Recovery team stocked with hundreds of technology restoration and support trailers awaiting deployment.

Additionally, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reported Xfinity will have almost 200,000 free WiFi hotspots across the state.

Atlantic Broadband, AT&T and Spectrum will provide storm-related updates via social media while Xfinity recommends downloading its MyAccount app.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.
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