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TAMPA - An unknown problem in the statewide power grid has sparked widespread outages throughout the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, as utility companies scramble to figure out what went wrong.
Tampa Electric was fielding calls from customers whose power went out this afternoon, said Laura Duda, a utilities spokewoman. She said she didn't know how many people were without electricity or when the problem will be completely fixed.
TECO is part of the statewide grid, she said, but because power is out here doesn't mean the statewide problem is to blame.
“The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather
Outages caused by mechanical failure to two nuclear power units at the Turkey Point facility, according to a spokesperson with Florida Power & Light. Parts of Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties affected
Here in Miami, the power went out around 1ish and came back about an hour later. I was in school, and at first I thought it was just a minor power outage in the building I was in, then I realized that it was the entire school that was out of power (so I thought it was only an issue in the school and surrounding area), and we were later informed that most of Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida was out!
The outage didnt seem to last very long and I heard reports of people being stuck in elevators and a few car accidents, but everyone is safe now and Homeland Security has confirmed that this was a technical issue, not related to terrorism or anything like that. FPL (Florida Power & Light) has stated that all power should be back by now (5:30 PM ET), and anyone without power afterwards should report it.
Looks like all power is for the most part back and I dont think WDW was affected, although I did hear in the news reports that parts of the Central Florida area in Orlando and Tampa had reportad outages earlier this afternoon.