FPL shut one reactor at Florida Turkey Point ahead of Irma

(Reuters) - Florida Power & Light (FPL) said it had shut one reactor at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday but will leave the other operating, after the forecast track for Hurricane Irma shifted toward the west and away from the South Florida plant.

FPL also said it no longer plans to shut the two reactors at its St Lucie plant located on a barrier island on the state’s east coast, about 120 miles (193 km) north of Miami.

Turkey Point is located about 30 miles south of Miami.

Before Irma’s expected track changed, FPL said on Friday it planned to shut both units at Turkey Point sometime on Saturday about 24 hours before hurricane force winds reached the plant.

The company also had said it planned to shut both reactors at St Lucie about 24 hours before hurricane force winds reached that plant.

FPL, the biggest power company in Florida, changed its plan because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to reach either site.

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle