Florida Power and Light (FPL) estimates that 3.4 million Floridians could be without power during Hurricane Irma, which is now making its way toward the western portion of Florida.
FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.
But Florida Power and Light say they're ready.
A series of explosions and meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant after a massive quake unleashed a powerful tsunami that shut the facility's cooling systems and led to meltdowns. Palm Beach County had more than 40,000 outages.
In total, 125 PG&E members are leaving California to be a part of the Hurricane Irma response team including line workers, equipment operators, supervisors and support personnel, PG&E said. If the hurricane continues on its present track and strength, Florida's west coast could be more of a "rebuild" to restore power, he said.
Gould said Saturday that the Hurricane Irma restoration "will be one of the most complex restorations the country has ever seen".
For many, it will now be a waiting game because FPL crews can't work to restore power once winds reach 35 miles per hour or higher.
Gould said the nuclear sites are among the strongest in the United States and are created to withstand heavy wind and storm surge.
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