Aug 042018

On Friday, August 3, around 24,000 Florida Keys residents lost power as result of a broken insulator and a downed power line outside of the Big Coppitt Key substation.

The islands suddenly went dark at 11:12 p.m., however Keys Energy Services' customers from the Big Pine Key substation were unaffected. For some, it meant relocating the party to a bar with a generator or spending a few hours under clear star-lit skies, but for others the power outage stretched until late Saturday morning – causing a sweltering, sleepless night.

When working on repairs, Keys Energy Services' crews struggled with accessibility issues due to thick vegetation, but the local, back-up generation was able to bring most residents back online throughout the early morning hours. However, around 9,000 customers were unable to be powered by local generation - most around Stadium Trailer Park and Northside Drive in Key West; Big Coppitt to Summerland Key; and portions of Cudjoe and the Torch Keys.

By 10:30 a.m. the power had been fully restored to all areas.

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Amber Nolan
Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today,, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.
 August 4, 2018  Posted by at 7:24 pm News  Add comments

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