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Clay residents hopeful for power during cold nights

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Updated: 1/06 6:24 pm
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Clay County residents are hoping the cold temperatures and winds won't leave them in the dark.
Residents said the weather has caused a "brown-out" before--there is some power, unlike a blackout, but not enough.

The Clay Electric Cooperative substation runs power to homes and businesses.
The facility is just one vital piece of what will be keeping residents warm by powering up the heat.

"I got the heat going now and got some blankets and had to get extra blankets for my bed," said Elana Mcguire.

Mcguire said she and her family will be all bundled up for the next few days.
After living in Keystone Heights for 39 years, she knows the cold can potentially leave them in the dark.

"I've got lanterns going, I've got my batteries in my flashlights, I got all that and candles," Mcguire said.

She told Action News she was one of about 300 customers who lost her power more than 10 years ago when the temperature hit record lows.

Wayne Mattox, with Clay Electric, said the extremely cold temperatures lead to an overload of customers using electricity, which could cause a power outage.

"Its a very low likelihood that we're going to have outages as a cause of cold weather," said Mattox.

But if it happens, Mattox said, they have several crews on standby to assist.

"I had no water at the time. I had ruined my meat that was in the freezer because the electric was out, but the good Lord was with me to help me provide all this again, and hopefully I won't have to go through this again."

She said hopefully she won't have to experience going without power this time around.

Mattox said if residents have questions or do experience a power outage, just call Clay Electric.

The number to call about outages is 888-434-9844.

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