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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Power outages affect nearly 9,000 Gainesville homes

Two power outages left about 8,800 Gainesville households without power Tuesday.

At about 1:30 p.m., an electrical grid shut off because of "power quality" issues, leaving about 7,000 without power for about 20 minutes, said Gainesville Regional Utilities spokesman Dan Clark.

The grid shut down, Clark said, because every piece of electrical equipment is designed to take in a certain quality of power. When the equipment received power that was below its accepted level, the grid automatically shut off.

"It's extraordinarily rare," Clark said.

Later in the afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., about 1,800 households lost power in northwest Gainesville.

Power was restored in the area between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Clark said.

That outage, he said, was likely caused by weather storms that passed through Gainesville Tuesday afternoon.

For more on statewide power outages Tuesday that affected nearly 3 million households, see Page 5.

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