Power restored in Leesburg after lightning strike to transmission system leaves 12,000 in dark

Duke Energy says power back after 3 substations knocked offline

LEESBURG, Fla. – Power has been restored to more than 12,000 customers in Leesburg after a bolt of lightning struck Duke Energy’s transmission system Tuesday night, officials said.

Three substations were knocked offline, and the Leesburg East Substation, an electrical substation near North Boulevard, caught fire.

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At one point, the city of Leesburg reported 12,600 customers without power.

Leesburg Fire Rescue cautioned drivers to treat intersections as a four-way stop during the power outage.

No injuries were reported.

For more information on affected areas, visit Leesburg Electric’s power outage map here or Duke Energy’s power outage map here.

A large power outage hit Leesburg and Fruitland Park Tuesday evening after an electrical substation caught fire, according to Leesburg Fire Rescue.

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