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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.
    Associated Press

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    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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