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Big Bend counties experiencing electrical outages

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 12:08:05-05

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WTXL) - The Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative says it is experiencing several outages due to the winter storm.

Crews are working to restore service to the most people in the least amount of time, according to a news release.

Substations are to be repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed large groups of people such as entire neighborhoods.

The cooperative says that smaller tap lnes and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to people who may still be without electricity.

As of 11:20 a.m., the outages in Lafayette numbered 1,691 and in Suwannee 5,540. 

As of 4:13 p.m., Suwannee Co. is now experiencing 6,248 outages. Lafayette Co. has 746 customers with outages. Hamilton Co. has 968 customers outages. Columbia Co. customers are experiencing 1,506 outages. 

Jon Little, the Communications Director at Suwannee Valley Electric Coop., says at the height of the outages, the coop had approximately 11,000 customers affected. There is no exact number, but most of the outages were in the south and central regions that they have customers in. 

The company is getting help from Talquin crews and Tri-County crews to get the lights back on.

As of 4:40 p.m., Suwannee VEC has 366 outages affecting about 7500 customers with 70% on.

Their goals is to have 80% of power restored by 10 p.m.

Due to power outages, several area traffic lights are out. Remember to treat the intersection as a 4 way stop, if the traffic light is not working. 

The outage map can be accessed here.

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