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Utility Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) is moving forward with its accelerated storm-strengthening program, which the Florida Public Service Commission approved on Nov. 14.

According to FPL, it will invest approximately half a billion dollars over the next three years to continue enhancing the overall strength of its electric system against high winds associated with hurricanes and other major weather events, with the ultimate goal of reducing outages and more quickly restoring power.

FPL says it has begun installing storm-surge protection enhancements at 25 substations in its service territory. The utility notes that these upgrades, which include adding flood monitors, flood-resistant doors, impact windows and sump pumps, are expected to be complete this year.

In addition, FPL reports that it will complete the installation of flood monitors at more than 200 substations throughout its 35-county service area by June 2014. The monitors will provide real-time data to make decisions about how to protect critical equipment at substations during storm surges, help prevent loss of power to customers during a storm and speed restoration efforts, the utility adds.

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