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Breaking News- Power outage for 3 million people in Florida

As you can see, I'm not one of them.

MIAMI - A nuclear reactor owned by Florida's largest electric company automatically shut down Tuesday, causing sporadic power outages throughout the state that affected 3 million people. Authorities did not specify the cause of the shutdown but say there were no safety concerns.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the two Florida Power & Light nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point power point 30 miles south of Miami automatically shut down. Two other power plants farther north in the state, the Crystal River reactor and St. Lucie twin reactors, continued to operate, although officials at those two facilities noticed the grid disturbance.

"We don't know whether the grid disturbance caused the units to shut down or that their shut down caused the grid disturbance," said Kenneth Clark, a spokesman at the NRC regional office in Atlanta. He said the two reactors were automatically shut down.

"There are no safety concerns. The reactors shut down as designed," said Clark in a telephone interview. He said both reactors continued to have offsite electric power. He said two coal-burning power plants at Turkey Point also shut down.

FPL estimated power should be restored by 6 p.m. A spokeswoman who spoke briefly to a reporter in the lobby of the company's Juno Beach headquarters did not have any additional information.

The news was featured on Fox News. I had radiation today and am lying on the couch right now and didn't know anything about the outage till I got two email about it in the last thirty minuts. Florida goes dark while I watch television. The outage reaching from the keys to Northern Florida.

Besides power at home, my wife's office has electricity. She works less than three miles from home. However my sister-in-law's home and work are affected. Leonette lives in South Broward County and works in Miami. My home is 65 miles north of downtown Miami.

What happened? Who knows at this point but I will remind people of this news.


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Comments (9)

Where's Jack Bauer?... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Where's Jack Bauer?

I think the most important ... (Below threshold)

I think the most important line in this post is clear:

"I had radiation today..."

What did you do, Bill!?

We have lights at my job in... (Below threshold)

We have lights at my job in Orlando. I hope we have lights at home.

For the first time the gove... (Below threshold)

For the first time the government run power plant in the City of Lake Worth did not fail. I was talking with the company owner in Miami when the power went out. I told him the lights flickered in the office, he told me the power just went out down there. If the lights flicker on a separate power system 80 miles from where the power went out we knew it couldn't be good.

By all means, let's not get... (Below threshold)
SteveC:

By all means, let's not get hasty and build nuclear power plants. And also, let the Sierra Club run our energy policy.

While Swanny hasn't been pa... (Below threshold)
epador:

While Swanny hasn't been paying attention, Bill's been sucking so much electricity to run his M-F linear accelerator treatments that FL is dark. At least that's what Al Gore told me.


On a sideways-related note,... (Below threshold)
cirby:

On a sideways-related note, a fairly strong cold front is moving through the state, and I had a little blackout here (Orlando) when the gust front hit. Nothing otherwise.

Jus you wait the liberal ec... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Jus you wait the liberal eco-wackos will say its this GAIA poppycock bukk kaka knowing how spaced out on wacky weed they are

I think a switch failure at... (Below threshold)
jim2:

I think a switch failure at an electrical substation near Miami has been determined to be the cause. The nukes shut down automatically because there was no place for their megawatts to go. BTW, the same power station (Turkey Point) as the nukes also has 2 coal units there, and they went off line for the same reason.




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