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40,000 in the State Capital Without Power After Irma

September 11th, 2017 by Jake Stofan

The State Capital was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, but minor damage and extensive power outages persisted throughout the city.

Residents were thankful to wake up to the good news.

About 40,000 residents lost power in the State Capital during the storm. 11,000 had their power back up by Monday morning.

Driving through the city damage appeared minimal. a hundred or more trees have fallen, knocking down power lines and blocking streets.

 

Barbara Roberts recalled, “I heard a thud and the power went off and then it’s like a transformer went ZZT ZZT ZZT!”

Power outages knocked out street lights across the city as well.

Residents we spoke with say they’re relieved to have been spared major damage.

 

“Doesn’t look like a lot of destruction in this neighborhood so far. We’ve walked the neighborhood, checked on the neighbors and everything seems to be okay for now,” said resident Chris Tarquinio.

Last year Hurricane Hermine forced the city into a stand still for weeks.

Last year for Hermine, we were out of power for seven days. So I’m hoping it’s not going to be that long this time.

Crews from outside the city are currently assisting local crews getting power back on.

In 2016 Hurricane Hermine cause power outages in 80% of Tallahassee, nearly three times as many as Irma.

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