Longboat slowly regains power

The arms of a fallen tree span the fairway on the Islandside Golf Course at the Longboat Key Club.


Less than a week has passed since Hurricane Irma hit Longboat Key as a Category 1 storm and the main aftermath are the hundreds of residents still waiting for electricity to be reconnected to their homes.

At one point, Florida was facing a Category 5 hurricane with a storm surge of up to 15 feet. The diminished intensity left the island with mainly the clearing of fallen limbs, trees and debris, while Town Hall worked hard with Florida Power & Light (FPL) officials to help expedite the restoration of power.

FPL spokesman Bill Orlove said 35 counties were affected and the emergency response represented the largest power restoration effort in U.S. history.

Orlove explained that while the town may be undergrounding its electricity in coming years, overhead lines can be as robust in wind storms, but overhead lines are more vulnerable to outages in wind and rain. He added that underground lines can present more outages during flooding events because you have to wait for the water to subside.

Orlove said that residents may not see workers on their street becasue the outage could be due to a feeder line on the mainland or a rupture in part of the network even a mile away.

Other than the power outages, Longboat Key has returned to normal with restaurants and businesses open and most of the downed trees and debris neatly stacked along the roadsides for later removal that will be contracted through Federal Emergency Management Association and state agencies.

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2 Responses for “Longboat slowly regains power”

  1. Hoo says:

    Luckily we had power restored quickly. But Comcast is still out and that is our phone line. Since north longboat has inadequate cell service we must rely heavily on the internet providers for telephone and internet access. The Town of Longboat provided notifications via a phone system. But the lack of cellular and internet phone service left people on the north end unable to receive town communications. I feel that this storm highlights the need for better cellular service on the north end of Longboat. As I view the wind damage I am now concerned that the proposed antenna system will be blown away in a storm and we will once again be left incommunicado. Let’s get serious about a cell tower.

  2. Jaxson says:

    WHATs up with FPL ???

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