New power poles expected to be more hurricane-resistant

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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:34 am

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Hurricane Season is well underway, and officials with Florida Power and Light say they are preparing in case a storm hits the Suncoast.

Starting Wednesday, crews will begin installing new 55-foot concrete power poles on Bradenton Beach.

The new pole is said to withstand wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour.

This year, FPL will be adding new fixtures to 15 main power lines that serve Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Installation will begin Wednesday morning at 11 am.

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