Power Outage – North-America – USA


EDIS Number: PW-20111010-32619-USA
Date / time: 10/10/2011 04:29:37 [UTC]
Event: Power Outage
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: [Flagler and Volusia counties]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 6000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Florida Power and Light is reporting that 15,000 customers are without power in Flagler and Volusia counties, as of 10 p.m. Sunday evening, including at least 6,000 in Flagler County, as high winds have felled trees and power lines in widely scattered areas and prevented FPL crews from managing repairs. “Nothing is centralized. These are all scattered outages,” FPL’s Jacquie Anderson said. Winds as high as 60 miles per hour in Volusia and Brevard counties were keeping crews from going up in their buckets. Crews cannot go up if winds exceed 35 miles per hour. The crews’ safety is paramount, Anderson said–as is customers’ safety: if power lines are down in neighborhoods, FPL asks that customers immediately call 911.

Anderson did not have precise numbers for Flagler, but FPL has devised a system that enables residents anywhere to see where outages are occurring, based on their own zip codes, and how many customers are affected. Residents can do so through FPL’s Power Tracker outage map. The storm causing all these outages is a subtropical depression churning along the east coast. Rain is expected to fall, at times heavily, through 1 a.m., with winds from 30 to 40 miles per hour, calming down slightly to 20 to 30 miles per hour after 3 a.m., and down to 15 to 20 miles per hour for the Monday morning rush, after 7 a.m. Rain will let up from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., but may pick up again, with showers for much of the morning. The weather will continue to be unsettled through Tuesday evening, finally clearing up around sunset Tuesday, when the wind will die down for good. You can look forward to blazingly pleasant weather next weekend, from Friday through Sunday, with lots of sunshine, dry weather, and highs skirting 80 or thereabout. In some households, it’s called Disney weather. You can track your own power outages (if you have electricity to see this) by going to http://fplmaps.com and entering your zip code in the upper-left corner box.


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