Although outages were less widespread than during Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Dorian dealt a disruptive blow to power around the First Coast Wednesday.
Though the First Coast appeared to dodge the large-scale, multi-day outages that followed in the wake of Hurricane Irma two years ago, the city still felt power disruptions as Hurricane Dorian churned on its course to the east of Jacksonville.
Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday that at its high point, JEA had about 32,000 customers without power, though that outage figure rapidly decreased. As of 7 p.m., JEA reported only 125 customers without power, mostly in Mandarin.
That's still a vast reduction from 2017, when Hurricane Irma knocked out electrical service to an estimated 284,000 JEA customers.
Curry said the utility did not experience any water or sewer outages.
FPL reported power outages at 7 p.m. for 86 customers in St. Johns County, 97 in Nassau County, eight in Putnam County, and five in Columbia County. The St. Johns outages earlier numbered more than 2,000 but quickly came down throughout the day.
Clay Electric reported 1,899 customers without power in Putnam County, eight in Columbia County and three in Clay County. As with FPL, Clay County had experienced higher numbers earlier in the day, but most power was restored without much delay.
In Jacksonville, Dorian-related power outages earlier in the day were particularly noted around the Mayport and Lakeshore areas, as well as the extreme Westside.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, JEA chief executive officer Aaron Zahn said the utility had an average restoration time of 57 minutes.
Following Irma, the utility rolled out plans to install smart meters and reduce sewer overflows in response to two of the most significant problems that followed the 2017 hurricane.
Dorian's center of circulation also remained nearly 100 miles east of Jacksonville, which kept hurricane-force winds offshore.