Florida Keys

Sailboat knocks out power in the Keys

Keys Energy Services says this is the sailboat that caused a 1.5-hour power outage in the Florida Keys on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Keys Energy Services says this is the sailboat that caused a 1.5-hour power outage in the Florida Keys on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Keys Energy Services

Locals are blaming it all on a sailboat.

Many Florida Keys residents were without power for over an hour after a sailboat struck a power line 12 miles south of Tavernier at 5:04 p.m.

“They report no damage to the tieline,” Keys Energy Services posted on Facebook. “That’s a good thing.”

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative crews worked to clear the sailboat from the lines for nearly 1.5 hours.

At 6:39 p.m., the power was restored in Key West.

Keys Energy provides electricity from Key West to the Seven Mile Bridge and serves more than 28,000 customers. All were affected by Tuesday’s outage.

The island chain’s power system is known for fragility. In December 2018, an iguana walked through a substation and somehow caused the power in Key West to go out for 10 minutes. The iguana survived.

Power was restored for all customers who lost electricity following a substation explosion on March 26, 2019 that caused a partial blackout in Fort Lauderdale and forced evacuation of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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