Thousands without power around the First Coast

Tree takes out power line in NW Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands of residents around the First Coast are waking up without power as Hermine makes its way across Florida and into Georgia.

On Friday morning at around 4 a.m. the JEA interactive outage map showed that there were nearly 12,000 customers in the Jacksonville area without power. JEA has since dispatched 20 line crews all over the county to assess the situations and restore power. 

As of 8:30  a.m. there are approximately 8,681 customers without power in the Greater Jacksonville Area. A majority of those outages are reported near Downtown and on the Southside. There have been numerous reports of downed power lines and inoperable traffic lights across the city.

There are traffic signals at six different intersections located on the Southside and Downtown that are currently being repaired, according to city officials.

As of 11 a.m. JEA has reported that there are still 7,263 customers dealing with electrical outages across the city. There are 20 line crews working to restore power.

 

 

 

 

As of 8 a.m. on Friday morning, the Florida Power and Light interactive map showed 840 power outages in St. Johns County, 920 power outages in Bradford County, 800 outages in Baker, 480 outages in Clay and around 1,160 in Columbia.

The largest outages that FPL reported were in Nassau County, where approximately 1,530 customers remained without power at 8 a.m.

As of 10:18 a.m, Florida Power and Light' reported that 99.75 percent of its customers had power. A majority of the remaining outages were located around Lake City. 

As of 8:30 a.m. Clay Electric is showing that approximately 32,060 customers are without power on Friday morning.

Over 11,000 of those reported customer outages are in Alachua County. Clay Electric's interactive outage map is reporting an additional 8,067 customers in Columbia County, along with 1,786 in Baker County.

At 8:30 a.m. the number of power outages in Clay County dropped to 4,885 from the 6,000 that were reported around 7 a.m. 

At 9:30 a.m. there were approximately 8,883 Clay Electric customers in Lake City and 12,696 customers in Gainesville that were without power. Downed power lines and trees in both areas have effected travel on roadways.

At 10:30 a.m. the Clay Electric outage map showed that the total number of outages had dropped to 27,097. Customers in Alachua, Columbia and Clay counties remain affected the most by the loss of power. 

Over 10,201 of those Clay Electric customers are in Gainesville, 7,889 are in Lake City, 5,452 in Orange Park and 2,824 are in Keystone Heights. 

"Even though the storm is past, as people wake up they may find a tree down blocking their road, or a power line down in their yard," city manager of Lake City, Wendell Johnson said. "The Police and Fire Departments have extra staffing today to address these calls."

According to Johnson, there haven't been any major damage that has resulted in personal injury. 

 

 

To the north, there are over 15,000 residents that remain without power between the New Hope, Brunswick and St. Simons Island areas of Georgia, according to Georgia Power.

As of 8:30 a.m. GP's interactive map is showing there are approximately 4,264 affected customers in the Waycross, Ga. area.

At 10:50 a.m. approximately 15,732 GP customers remain without power in the Brunswick and St. Simons Island areas. There are 3,843 customers in the Waycross area that are still experiencing outages. 

What was once, Hurricane Hermine has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but continues to head north-northeast at 14 miles per hour. The maximum sustained wind speeds have dropped to 60 miles per hour as of 8 a.m. 

The projected path of Hermine as of 8 a.m. had it hitting the Valdosta, Ga. area, where there are nearly 11,000 customers without power.

As of 10:50 a.m. 120 outages in the Valdosta area are effecting approximately 13,198 customers. 

First Coast News will continue to update this story with power outage information as we track Tropical Storm Hermine throughout the day.

You can follow special coverage of Tropical Storm Hermine here


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