At 6:49AM on Monday, October 21st, power was disrupted to over 1,000 customers in Coral Gables due to what FPL describes as vegetation disruption.
Two of the customers affected were St. Theresa Catholic School and St. Philip’s Episcopal, which were forced to cancel classes. About half of those disrupted had their power restored a couple of hours later, but the issue was not fully corrected until approximately 5 hours after the incident.
Residents took to social media to voice their frustration, ” Am I the only resident entirely frustrated with the frequent loss of power to our homes? FPL cannot blame it on the wind nor rain this time. Power has been out since around 5am for over a thousand residents. Last time about 7 weeks ago it took over 6 hours to regain power. The issue is with a main line as before,” said Grace Louise Carricarte, a resident affected by this morning’s outage.
But residents and the schools were not the only ones affected today. Shortly after 12:30 this afternoon, businesses on Giralda Avenue were affected by another power outage. This one bringing the lunch rush to a crawl. Sixteen customers were affected by this outage according to FPL, and as of 4:30PM, only 5 had their power restored. FPL is still investigating the cause of the outage.
School officials have confirmed both schools’ power has been restored and the schools will resume their regular schedule tomorrow.