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Updated: 08/13/2014 08:00:04AM

Charley strengthened FPL grids, relationships

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Shane Forrester, a senior emergency-preparedness specialist with Florida Power & Light, explains the bells and whistles of FPL's mobile command center during a presentation for the media Tuesday in Punta Gorda. The center was stationed in Murdock after Hurricane Charley.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
FPL Vice President of Distribution Operations Bryan Olnick, Punta Gorda Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management Ray Briggs, and Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade recall working together a decade ago to restore power after Hurricane Charley.

By ADAM KREGER

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PUNTA GORDA — Ray Briggs will never forget what looked like “an army” of Florida Power & Light vehicles rolling into town the day after Hurricane Charley hit.

“It was 2,000, but it seemed like 10,000,” the current Punta Gorda emergency management director and fire chief said Tuesday during an FPL-hosted presentation to the media at the Charlotte County Public Safety Building in Punta Gorda. “The proverbial cavalry was here, and we certainly appreciated that.”

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