Marco morning downpour results in power outage affecting 2,200 customers

A large chunk of Marco Island spent nearly two hours without power early this morning when the first substantial downpour of summer caused trees to contact lines, shutting off electricity supply.

Lee County Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Karen Ryan said 2,200 customers on the southeast side of the island were affected from 5:15 a.m. until power was restored at 7 a.m.

Ryan said in instances where trees touch lines, protective devices de-energize the lines until workers can ascertain causes.

She said the automatic shut-off has safety of people as well as electric equipment in mind.

On-call crews based close to Marco responded to initial reports of the outage, Ryan said.

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