- Duke Energy meteorologists continue to monitor the storm
- Company making preparations
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy Florida is preparing for Tropical Storm Ian and is urging customers to prepare as well.
Company meteorologists are tracking the storm, which has the potential to strengthen and bring heavy rainfall, strong winds and localized flooding to portions of the company’s service area.
In advance of the storm, Duke Energy places crews and resources near areas that will likely be affected by the system, allowing for the most rapid response after a storm passes through.
“Restoring power as safely and quickly as possible, while keeping our customers informed, remains our top priority,” said Melissa SeixasDuke Energy Florida state president. “We want customers to know that our team is ready to respond to Ian or any other storm that could pose a threat to our electric system.”
Line technicians and workers are checking equipment, supplies and inventories to ensure adequate materials are available to make repairs and restore power outages.
After the storm passes, continued high winds, downed trees and flooding can impact work conditions, making repair work lengthy and more difficult.
As restoration begins, workers may not be visible in each impacted neighborhood, as the first priority is to repair large power lines and other infrastructure that will return power to the greatest number of customers as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible.
Strengthening the grid to reduce storm impacts
In addition to trimming trees and inspecting and replacing wires and wood poles, the company has invested in grid automation and smart technologies to reduce the duration and number of outages and restore service faster when outages occur.
Duke Energy’s smart-thinking grid automatically detects outages and intelligently reroutes power to speed restoration or avoid outages altogether. In 2021, smart, self-healing technology helped to avoid nearly 250,000 extended outages in Floridasaving customers around 17 million minutes of service…