I'd started hearing about power outages downstate fairly early yesterday. Just after lunchtime I could hear thunder coming, it sounded like it was near Palatka. Not long after that the wind started screaming, and it felt like we'd been hit by the shockwave from a big explosion. The power shut off, instantly.
Yesterday was one of my days to pick number one grandson up at SAHS, at 4:30. I left here at about 3:00, got a hundred yards down the road, FPL trucks and fire trucks all over it. One of the power poles had snapped like a toothpick, hot wires on the road, I wasn't going anywhere fast.
FPL had the road opened in no time, I took off for the high school, but here came the grandson walking down the road. The after school activities were cancelled and he managed to catch the bus.
The power was on by about 9:00 PM, I woke up about 4:AM, I had power and a phone, but no internet connection, my modem was cooked.
The FPL linemen had a long day yesterday, but darned if they don't do some fine work.