Gusty winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Isaac overnight left thousands in South Florida without power. Resident Dave Dunkin and resident Jilan Plevnik talk to NBC 6.
About 27,000 Florida Power & Light customers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties remained without power Monday night, after crews had restored power to about the same number Monday.
As of 10 p.m., 14,220 customers in Miami-Dade and 13,200 customers in Broward were without power. About 53,000 of FPL's customers had been without power earlier in the day.
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FPL says its workers are staffed round the clock to assess damage and restore power.
"It's scattered. It's over and it's due to the strong bands of severe weather that we are still experiencing," said FPL spokeswoman Marie Bertot. "Our priority is getting the power back up."
On Monday, downpours continued across South Florida because of Tropical Storm's Isaac outer bands. Although the tropical storm warnings were dropped for all local areas before noon, the blustery conditions were expected to continue with the showers.
Live wires were seen sparking in the middle of Bayshore Drive near Vista Court around 2 a.m. Monday.
Police blocked off the road as Florida Power & Light crews de-energized power lines and removed debris. No one was hurt, officials said.
In Coconut Grove, standing water covered some streets and palm fronds were littered on sidewalks and a few downed trees were strewned across roads.
"I was here through Wilma and Katrina and all those other ones. I'm sure the power will be on faster than those," said resident Dave Dunkin. "This really wasn't as bad as those so, it's not that big a deal. I'm about to relax and enjoy a day off work."
The storm tossed a few things around, but didn't seem to throw off any big plans for many residents.
"I'm a homemaker. I have a couple of kids, my one's still sleeping inside, my older one spent the night at a friend's house for a so-called tropical storm party," said resident Jilan Plevnik.
FPL says people should consider all downed wires and cables are live and stay away.
Also, avoid driving through flooded streets and areas with debris.
Bertot added that when crews are faced with wind gusts of 35 miles per hour or more they are forced to stop working.
Anyone with a power outage should call 1-800-4-688243.
If people are using generators, it's important to follow the manufacturers instructions, she said.
Never put it near the generator inside a home or garage, she added. People should stay away from open windows to prevent the exhaust from entering homes.
People should stay away from downed power lines, staying about 10 feet away from them whether they are on the ground or still intact, she said.
"We ask that they please be careful if they're on a ladder," Bertot said. "There's a lot of debris, broken tree limbs, branches, and some people may use ladders ... look up and be aware of where the power lines are."