75 FPU customers to lose power overnight

Utility: 4-hour outage is needed to upgrade system in downtown Fernandina

Florida Public Utilities will turn off power to approximately 75 customers on Centre Street and areas directly south tonight to complete upgrades to its system.

FPU issued a notice Wednesday that power between South Third and South Seventh streets between Centre and Beech streets will go out for approximately four hours beginning at 11:45 p.m. today.

“It is important that customers who require battery backup for critical medical equipment take necessary steps to prepare,” FPU wrote in its statement.

Ramiro Sicre, a government relations manager at FPU, said Thursday morning that the company’s staff has worked to identify residents in the affected area who may need assistance because of the need for power for medical equipment.

In an email response to the News-Leader, FPU’s assistant vice president of marketing and energy logistics, Aleida Socarras, indicated that the company took a number of steps to inform customers, including robocalls yesterday and today, site visits to affected businesses, door tags left at affected homes, and calls to city commissioners.

However, those efforts only began Wednesday afternoon.

Sicre said the upgrade is needed to increase capacity to the area in light of new townhouses going up on the site of the former Fernandina Lumber & Supply Co.

Socarras also stated the utility will monitor social media throughout and after the outage to ensure that power is returned after engineers complete the upgrades.

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