MARCO ISLAND — More than 3,000 Marco Island residents and businesses woke up in the dark Tuesday morning after an island power outage. According to LCEC spokeswoman Kathleen Taylor, the power outage occurred around 6:15 a.m., Thursday morning and was centered at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Winterberry Drive.
As of 11 a.m., the outage had been fixed.
“The power has been restored to all customers on Marco Island,” said Taylor.
While many of the customers woke up in the dark, others woke up to more varied surprises.
Tracy Wivestad, who lives on Winterberry Drive, said she heard a weird noise at about 6 a.m. It was something like “waah,” she said.
“I woke up with two kids with flashlights in my eyes because the noise woke them up and an 80-pound dog on my bed shaking from the storm and noise,” Wivestad said.
A drive by the 7-Eleven, at Winterberry and Collier Blvd., indicated a slow morning start-up for many workers. The store was dark and there wasn’t any coffee or donuts as workers huddled near the door awaiting their morning pick-me-ups.
Councilman Ted Forcht, who moved in the last couple days from Winterberry Drive to the South Heathwood area of the Island, said with his generator he wouldn’t be aware of a power outage.
His friend Larry Clark, staying on Winterberry Drive, likewise was unaffected and unaware due of the power outage.
Clark said that for some reason his side of the street never seems to lose power, even during Hurricane Wilma in 2006. He said neighbors and people right across the street lost power. "Must be karma," he said with a laugh.
“We’re looking at approximately 3,600 customers out,” said Taylor in an interview with Naples Daily News staff earlier in the morning.
Forcht reported to the Eagle that with a look up and down the streets, it didn’t seem too many people were affected as many part-time residents headed back to their northern homes in the last few days and weeks.
Taylor said the first thing the company did was send out line crew to make sure that it was safe to work on the line.
They determined that the damaged was in an underground line, and as of 9:30 a.m., a repair crew was already working on the issue, Taylor said.
The power was back up and running by 11 a.m., without any major reported incidences caused by the outage.