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JEA crews work to restore heat to neighborhoods

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Updated: 1/07 11:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As temperatures dropped Tuesday night, JEA crews stayed busy tending to reports of power outages across their service area in Duval County and parts of St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties.

"We hear a boom - a big boom," said Robert Henning, who lives in Arlington off St. Johns Bluff Road, of the noise that preceded a power outage. A transformer right over his home exploded late Tuesday evening, leaving the father very concerned about the freezing temperatures that were to come.

"It's going to be a really cold night. We'll get out all the blankets and sleeping bags and everything, but hopefully that won't last long."

Action News was there when the JEA crews showed up. Throughout the night they shuffeled from neighborhood to neighborhood trying to restore heat for hundreds of customers.

Earlier Tuesday morning, JEA recorded the highest consumption in recent years, topping out a 2,952 megawatts, which is just 298 megawatts away from the record set on January 11, 2010.

Throughout the day, multiple transformers were reported to have blown.

"Probably everyone here had their heat on," said Henning. "Who knows what they were all running and it was too much, obviously, for the transformer for how cold it is."

A JEA spokesperson tells Action News that JEA has a plan to meet extra demand by utilizing additional power plants if consumption continues to increase overnight. They also have extra crews on standby.

JEA said most usage peaks between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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