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September 21, 2017
Florida better prepared for Irma after spending billions to ‘harden’ power grid
Utilities spent billions replacing wooden poles for power lines with concrete or steel poles and elevating substations.
By GARY FINEOUT and MATTHEW DALY
Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP
Workers from Wolf Tree in Chattanooga, Tenn., arrived Tuesday in Maitland, Fla., where some streets were still without power more than a week after Hurricane Irma struck.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago.
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