Electric – something we all take for granted to enjoy our daily lives – but when it’s gone, there’s a bit of freaking out. Nevermind the fact there isn’t any air conditioning, light or working elevators – what about the ‘net? I need to get online!

Luckily, I always ensure that I’m not going to take a head dive when the power goes out. I ensure a UPS is connected to my primary PC as well as another unit to tend to my router and modem. This way – even when the power goes out, I’m surfing. I remember the 5 hours during a hurricane that I was able to stay online. Happy times. For those in South Florida, nearly 3 million people lost their electricity after a mechanical failure at a substation near Miami.

About 280 customers were still without power early today, FPL Group Inc., owner of the states largest utility system, said in a statement read by a spokesman during a telephone interview.

The malfunction at the substation took place at about 1 p.m. local time yesterday. That led to the shutdown of 15 transmission lines, which initiated a load-shedding procedure, the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council said. Utilities began restoring power at 2:15 p.m. yesterday.

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Both units of FPLs Turkey Point nuclear power plant, south of Miami, were shut yesterday “in response to an `undervoltage caused when two power distribution lines between Miami and Daytona went down following the substation failure, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on its Web site.

Source: Bloomberg.com: U.S.