CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Power was restored to more than 20,000 customers in Clay County Friday morning after widespread outages affected schools, businesses and traffic lights.
Around 6:30 a.m., the Clay Electric Cooperate outage map showed more than 23,000 customers were affected by the outage, with more than 22,000 of those in Clay County. As of 11 a.m., the outage map showed only two customers without power.
The Clay County Government Facebook page posted a notice saying all Clay County members' power had been restored.
Clay Electric Cooperative announced it would take 6 to 8 hours to restore power, posting the following on Facebook:
"Our personnel have found the cause of the outage affecting approximately 28,000 members in Clay County, unfortunately it will take 6-8 hours to make the repairs necessary to restore power to everyone. Clay Electric personnel will be working in the interim to restore power to some affected services by rerouting power where possible. All available personnel are working as quickly as possible to restore power. We apologize for the inconvenience of this outage."
The Clay County Sheriff's Office posted to its Facebook page that the power outage caused the traffic lights at U.S. 17 and CR 220 to be out, and urged drivers to use caution traveling through the intersection.