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Originally Posted by N830MH
what happens? I thought the electricity has been shutdown in South Florida? Is that FLL is everything normal situation but, it has no major delays or diverted at South Florida instead of PBI or MIA.
The short explanation of what happened: Just after 13:00 local time, a repairman at a West Kendall (suburb of Miami) substation inadvertently caused the shutdown of a section of that substation, which in turn triggered major portions of the regional power grid to automatically shut down. Most areas that did suffer a loss of power were back up within 30-45 minutes, and all power was back by 17:30.
I live in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 3 miles from FLL, and my home and my neighborhood area never lost power. I heard the director of operations at FLL on the radio saying that FLL was completely unaffected by the outage - that in fact teir problem was the riple effect of the bad weather in other parts of the country. I'm not sure about MIA, but I suspect that generators would have provided sufficient power for the short duration of any outage.