Florida Power and Light shows you their preparations for Eta

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Drew Hill
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Tropical Storm Eta is expected to bring power outages to the area. Florida Power and Light are ready to respond.

“We know we’re going to experience widespread scattered power outages because of Eta that’s why we’re prepositioning crews of 10,000 personnel to respond to power outages as safely and quickly as possible,” said Matt Eissey, FPL’s Spokesperson.

Crews in Fort Myers were busy removing vegetation that could possibly cause more outages. They are trying to stop what happened with Irma in 2017.

“We do know that trees and other vegetation are the main cause… one of the main causes of power outages during storms. And we’re working to limit that vegetation from causing power outages,” Eissey said.

Residents that WINK News spoke to said they aren’t concerned about losing power. “There will be some power outages but I’m confident we won’t lose power,” said George who lives in Fort Myers.

Keith Blakely has lived in Fort Myers for 25 years and he’s not afraid. “If we do, figure out something else to do. Won’t be the first time we lost power so I don’t think it’ll be a problem,” Blakely said.

While confidence seems to be high in Southwest Florida, Eissey wants to remind everyone to take the storms seriously and have a plan in place.

FPL advises not to trim trees ahead of the storm, as high winds can make those trimmed branches into flying debris.

If you’ve already trimmed your trees, FPL asks that you secure the loose branches.

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