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Updated: 6/13/2013 9:09 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today's weather can be described in two simple words. "Very hot," said beachgoer Darian Cushion.

With temperatures flirting with triple digits, folks are either flocking to the beach to beat the heat.  Or staying inside and blasting the air, putting powerlines to the test.

"We do produce a lot of electricity," said JEA Spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.  "In the summer, it builds up during the day.  And around 5 or 6 o'clock, if we're going to hit a peak, that's when we typically hit it."

Boyce didn't expect to reach a peak power generation Thursday.  She says the record was set in 2007 at more than 2900 megawatts.  Thursday, she estimated about 2600 megawatts.  So there's no concern about possible power outages.

"We have more than enough capacity to full the demand of our customers right now," said Boyce.

We also checked with Beaches Energy.  It too says it's more than able to handle the power load.  Brief power outages for a handful of beaches residents Wednesday night were due to work on power lines.
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