PINELLAS COUNTY – As of Tuesday night power had been restored to most areas of the state and Tampa Bay.
The state Emergency Operations Center activated to Level 2, partial activation, Tuesday afternoon, in response to 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.
The incident occurred about 1 p.m. and caused customer demand for electricity to exceed supply, according to a press release from Progress Energy. Most customers affected by the incident were restored to power by 2:10 pm and all had service restored by 3:37 pm.
“The company's automated system went into effect to stabilize the statewide supply of electricity and dropped some customers from service,” Progress Energy officials said.
The peak number of customers without power was about 153,000 out of 1.7 million throughout Progress Energy's 35-county service area in Florida.
According to the Situation Report released by the state EOC, the power outages were caused by a substation failure after Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant shut down.