The Day The Lights Went Out In Florida

Posted Feb 26, 2008 by KJ Mullins
There are widespread power outages in Florida on Tuesday, spreading from Miami to Jacksonville. Up to 3 million people may have been without power, according to Florida Power and Light Company. The cause is being touted as "significant equipment failure."
Mike Stone of the Florida Department of Emergency Management said that there are as many as 3 million people being affected from the massive outages. Power begin returning to many of the affected areas within 90 minutes. The rest of the state should be powered up by 5:30 p.m.
We are looking at a number of scenarios," said FP&L spokeswoman Karen Vissepo. "We are in a restoration mode. We are restoring power to those who were affected. We are doing it in a systematic fashion, restoring power by areas."
It is not known what caused the state wide outage. Around 1 p.m. a strong cold front moved across the region bringing with it thunderstorms and one tornado warning but that isn't being blamed for the disruption of power.
Homeland Security has stated that there was no immediate concern that terrorism caused the failure of power.
Stan Johnson of the North American Electric Reliability Council believe that the outage has been contained. A total of eight power plants were off line across the region.
Turkey Point power plant in Miami-Dade County were off-line as of about 2:30 p.m. The power plant's two nuclear units are off-line.
Miami-Dade has no power with spotty outages throughout the southern portion of the state.
Further information will be provided when it comes in.