Irma knocks out power to about 7.3 million

Daily News Article - September 12, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) As of Monday afternoon, why couldn’t Florida Power & Light (FPL) say when service would be restored to most customers?
b) How long will it be before power is restored to some homes and businesses - especially in southwest Florida?

3. FPL has two nuclear power plants, with 2 units at each plant. For what reasons did the company close three of the four units (both at Turkey Point near Miami and one of the two at St. Lucie)?

4. a) What number/percent of Atlanta-area gas stations were out of fuel by Monday?
b) Why is the gasoline supply expected to be short if the hurricane has reduced the demand for gas?

5. Read the “Background” below the questions. What is the reasoning behind how the power company restores power after outages?

6. Watch the videos under “Resources” below.
a) Restoring power to millions of homes and businesses in Florida (and Georgia) is a herculean task. Define herculean task.
b) Not having electricity can be frustrating. How would understanding the process for restoring power affect your outlook on the situation?