Power outage in Gainesville; traffic lights affected


A Gainesville police officer directs traffic at the intersection of Southwest 16th Avenue and Southwest 13th Street during a power outage that affected large parts of the city on Friday afternoon.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

Gainesville experienced a power outage that affected thousands of Gainesville Regional Utilities customers and darkened traffic signals along major streets Friday afternoon.

GRU had 8,695 customers without power at 3:40 p.m. Friday, according to an outage map on its website. By 5 p.m., almost everyone had their power restored.

Gainesville police said multiple traffic lights were out in the city, primarily along Northwest Eighth, 16th and 23rd avenues, in addition to 13th and Main streets.

The problem was caused by a circuit breaker malfunction at the Kelly Substation, which is adjacent to the Kelly Power Plant downtown, GRU spokeswoman Amelia Bell said.

GRU didn’t know what caused the malfunction and might not know for a few days, she said.

Bell said about 8,600 customers lost power and the outage started around 3:30 p.m.

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