Nuclear Plant Shutdown Causes Massive Florida Power Outages

MIAMI (AP) - Only a few hundred thousand people are lacking electricity for the evening commute home after a nuclear plant shutdown caused power outages to up to 3 million people.

A Florida Power & Light nuclear spokesman says grid problems caused both reactors at the Turkey Point plant south of Miami to shut down between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Authorities said there were no safety concerns but did not specify the outage's cause. While many areas were hit hard, the outages were short lived.

Two other power plants farther north in the state -- the Crystal River reactor and St. Lucie twin reactors -- continued to operate, although officials at those two facilities noticed the grid disturbance.

State officials say the outages cut power to about two- to three million people, although FPL said the number was closer to 800,000.

FPL estimated power should be restored by 6 p.m.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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