NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — 30 years after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew and only five after Irma, Florida power & light is gearing up for this year’s hurricane season.
On Thursday, about 3,500 FPL employees completed an intensive week-long drill responding to a simulated category three hurricane as they prepare for the season which officially begins June 1.
The drill also showcased some of the power restoration technology FPL uses — including a preview of its new "Air 1" drone that is expected to launch later this year.
The size of a small aircraft, it can fly up to a thousand miles gathering real-time information and helping to speed restoration.
While FPL says it is more prepared for hurricane season than ever before, it reminds no system is hurricane-proof and that everyone needs to have a preparation plan in place.