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Thousands lose power in Lake Worth overnight

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By Lindsay Cohen email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) -- Thousands of people in Lake Worth lost power overnight.

Residents reported electrical outages from Kirk Road all the way east to the Intracoastal starting around midnight. Utility crews were trying to fix the problem as temperatures hovered in the 30's early Wednesday morning.

"Two or three times in the past [it's happened]," said Mouse Oesher, a Lake Worth resident without power. "Once during a cold front, the other two times was during hurricane season, but it's normal with Lake Worth power."

The entire city -- about 26,000 residents -- lost power, although all but about 6,000 had their power restored by 5 am, according to Lake Worth Utilities. The utility says an insulator on a transmission line broke, and the cold temperatures may be to blame.

Mayor Jeff Clemens downplayed the potential connection to the weather and emphasized that this was the city's first major outage in years.

"We want this to be the abnormality rather than the normality," Clemens said, "but it's frustrating that it happened on one of the coldest nights of the year."

Residents in the western communities reported that they were still without power at 8 am. The area includes Palm Beach County Community College, which will remain closed at least until noontime, said campus officials.

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