Power Down in Florida--Accident, Attack or Test?
Bring the candle over, dear,It's very hard to see
Shine so I can see the screen of battery TV
Lights are out all over from Daytona to the Keys
Line failure's marching through Flor'da.
(to the tune of 'Marching Through Georgia')
Weird story, just breaking now so I suppose some confusion is unavoidable. Massive storms are hitting the northern part of the state, but this outage is in the south, I wasn't kidding about the "Daytona to the Keys" line (although they say the Keys are coming back on. I'd like to see where the southernmost power plant is before I believe this story.)
Another cascade effect at any rate. Reminds me of the one a few years ago where literally a tree branch down on a transmission line knocked out the whole Northeast from Ohio to New York and other places.
Weren't we going to beef up the infrastructure after that? Oh, wait.....
Yeah, we would get more security by invading Iraq. Never mind.
(I havent' heard if Orlando is affected yet of it it's just on the Coast. Hell, Disney probably has their own power plant so they wouldn't be affected. Just as well. I don't want to think of what a power outage would do there. Roller coasters, y'know.Plus the ice cream will melt.)
UPDATE: I left this out because I was in a hurry and though I had heard it wrong...but this outage, they're saying now, is cause by eight generating plants going offline at the same time (just after 1 p.m. EST).
Three of the eight were the nuke stations at Turkey Point. Not trying to get the tinfoil too tight here but power plants of whatever source tend not to take well to a sudden loss of load. I'd still like to know what could have cause this; midwinter, time of least air conditioning, should be the low point of annual demand.
In these times of turmoil and strife one always wonders who would stand to benefit from a conveeeenient emergency like this. A "Homeland Security" unannounced test of the system that found more than it bargained for? A subtle hint from the Chinese from whom half the electronics was bought, that we should be a little more polite so as not to harsh their Olympic buzz? REAL bad guys (whatever that means)?
Beats me. At least do what you can and don't be calling people down there on the phone. You know the system's gotta be overloaded and you will just make it worse. Let them call you when they get to where they can pick up a signal.