In a busy Vero Beach shopping district a Floridspan Power &spanmp; Light team manned a mobile station Friday where residents still without electricity could charge phones, access Wi-Fi or get information about outages.
Meanwhile, utility crews continued restoring power to Treasure Coast residents affected by Hurricane Nicole.
Except for roughly 60 households in St. Lucie County, power was restored by FPL across the Treasure Coast by 1 p.m. Friday following restorations to upwards of 30,000 reported outages Thursday.
Those still without power were said to be in rural northwest St. Lucie County, west of Fort Pierce, according to a FPL company spokesperson.
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The utility company stationed what it calls its community response team near a Publix off 21st Street in a retail corridor of Vero Beach known as the Miracle Mile following the arrival of Category 1 Hurricane Nicole.
The storm made landfall around 3 a.m. Thursday in Indian River County, and led to thousands of power outages across the Treasure Coast from its near 60-mph wind gusts and rain.
On Friday, a two-man team was seen manning the station where residents could stop and access basic necessities as they waited out repairs.
The blue-topped, FPL emblazoned tent served as a spot to access internet, charge mobile devices, pick up bottled water or get information from the company representatives.
“We offer cell phone charging (and) people can approach us and ask us questions,” said FPL spokesperson Peter Robbins. “We know how important it is for folks to have some access to electricity.”
The two-man team was to leave the Treasure Coast Friday, Robbins said, because the majority of the work was now underway in Brevard County, which bore the stronger, north-side brunt of the storm.
Roughly 116 residences serviced by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority were without power in Fort Pierce as of 2 p.m. Friday, according to the company’s website.
There were no remaining outages reported in Indian River or Martin counties, according to FPL.