PINELLAS COUNTY – The state Emergency Operations Center activated to Level 2, partial activation, Tuesday afternoon, in response to current power outages throughout the state.
As of about 3 p.m., state officials estimated that there were about 3 million persons without power due to a mechanical failure in the Florida Power and Light system.
According to an outage map found at Progress Energy’s Web site, 4,746 customers in Pinellas County were without power. The largest number seemed to be in an area north of Palm Harbor.
Progress Energy officials said power was expected to be restored to most of the customers affected by the outage in Pinellas by 6 p.m.
“No Progress Energy Florida power plants were affected and our system performed as it was designed to perform,” officials said in a press release. “The company's automated system went into effect to stabilize the statewide supply of electricity and dropped some of our customers from service.”
Latest media reports say that the cause for the power outages has been linked to an outage to a nuclear reactor that shut down. Power outages were being reported as far south as Miami and as far north as Tallahassee.