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MIAMI Feb 26 A widespread power outage struck
south Florida on Tuesday because of a shut-down at a nuclear
reactor, knocking out electricity to millions of people and
snarling traffic across the state, officials said.
A spokeswoman for FPL Group Inc (FPL.N) said the company's
Turkey Point nuclear reactor in Florida shut down due to the loss
of off-site power but would not elaborate on the cause of the
Mike Stone, a spokesman for the Florida Division of
Emergency Management, said the blackout affected two to three
million people in south Florida and as far north as the Tampa
"I don't know the cause of the outage," Stone told Reuters,
saying authorities were awaiting an update from FPL.
In Washington, a U.S. Homeland Security Department spokeswoman
said there were no signs of a link to terrorism in the power
There is "no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time
... we will continue to monitor," agency spokeswoman Laura Keehner
Local newspapers said power was out in Volusia and Brevard
counties on the state's east coast.
On Aug. 14, 2003, New York City and much of the Northeast and
parts of the Midwest United States suffered a blackout that
affected 50 million people. It was widely seen as the worst
blackout in North American history.
That outage stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters and
trapped subway riders underground in New York City, where
thousands of people spent a hot night sleeping on sidewalks or
walking miles in the darkness to reach their homes.
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino, Tom Brown and Randall Mikkelson;
Editing by Frances Kerry)