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Duke says power has been restored to thousands in downtown St. Petersburg

The problem was traced to a substation, but the exact cause wasn’t immediately known.
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Published Feb. 6|Updated Feb. 6

ST. PETERSBURG — More than 18,000 people in St. Petersburg lost power for a time Sunday afternoon, according to Duke Energy’s online outage map.

The peak number was reported on the map at 1 p.m. By 1:40 p.m., there were 13,523 customers without power from 100 active power outages. The outages began near the Norwood Heights area in St. Petersburg and stretched south to the Bartlett Park area.

Power was fully restored by 2:05 p.m., said Ana Gibbs, a spokesperson for Duke Energy, sooner than an earlier estimate of 4 p.m.

The problem was traced to a substation in St. Petersburg but the cause wasn’t immediately known, Gibbs said.

“Our first priority is getting power restored,” Gibbs said.

A number of traffic lights were knocked out by the outages, St. Petersburg police Lt. Gabiel Lopez said. Police sent officers to intersections to direct traffic.

“We’re manning as many lights as we possibly can,” Lopez said around 1:30 p.m. “I’m sitting here monitoring the radio and I’ve had a handful of lights already come back up, like Ninth Avenue North and 16th Street.”

Duke Energy serves around half a million people in Pinellas County.

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