Storm Causes Power Interruption; Briefly Blacks Out 400,000 Customers
Undated (AP) _ At least 400,000 Florida customers lost power briefly Tuesday afternoon when stormy weather interrupted the flow of imported power from Georgia, officials at two Florida utilities said.
The blackout lasted only 15 to 20 minutes for most customers of Florida Power & Light, said company spokesman Tom Veenstra.
″We had some very strong winds in Duval County near the Georgia-Florida line that did some real damage to some transmitting facilities,″ Veenstra said. ″At about 4:20 this afternoon we had a scattered statewide loss of power throughout Florida when appoximately 2,000 megawatts from Georgia was interrupted.″
The damage was to a main line and a transmission tower, Veenstra said.
Approximately 300,000 of the company’s 2.8 million south Florida customers lost power, Veenstra said from his Miami office.
About 100,000 of St. Petersburg-based Florida Power Corp.’s 1 million Gulf Coast customers were also blacked out, said FPC spokeswoman Karen Raihill.
Most customers were back on line within 25 minutes, Ms. Raihill said, adding that the statewide protective sytstem helped bring power back up to normal levels quickly.