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FPL workers are back home after restoring power in areas hit hardest by Florence

Posted at 9:49 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 10:35:38-04

NAPLES. Fla. -- Florida Power and Light workers are back in Southwest Florida after responding to the hurricane devastation in North Carolina.

A worker shared his experience on how he helped the areas hit hardest by Florence.

John Wendel has been working at FPL in Naples for 34 years.

Wendel says he's responded to several disasters over the years.

He says it can be a dangerous job but it's worth it when he sees the look on people's faces when their power is back on.

 "They are always so happy no matter if it's a week or two weeks," said Wendel. "They are always glad to get their power back on."

He says people up North helped during Irma, now he was able to return the favor.

"Irma was bad, Irma hit us hard," said Wendel. "I was glad to see they didn't have the kind of damage up there that we received from Irma. It could have been much much worse."

FPL sent more than 900 employees and contractors to Columbus County, North Carolina.

They restored power to at least 25,000 homes and businesses impacted by the storm.

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