Rain, wind lead to accidents and power outages in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A soggy and windy Friday night has left some Palm Beach County residents in the dark and others stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The rain caused dozens of accidents in both Interstate 95 and Florida's Turnpike.

The southbound lanes of the Turnpike just north of Okeechobee Boulevard were closed for several hours after a semi-truck jackknifed around 6:40 p.m.

No one was seriously injured in the accident, according to Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida Power & Light spokesman Erik Hofmeyer also blamed the weather for more than 3,600 customers sitting in the dark Friday evening.

The highest number of outages were in Delray Beach – with more than 2,000 customers without power.

As of 11 p.m. the number of customers without electricity in Palm Beach County had dropped to about 1,000 Hofmeyer said.

Hofmeyer said the utility has sent crews to all the areas without power. He could not offer an estimate on when electricity will be restored to all customers.

To track power outages in the area, visit the FPL Power track at http://www.fplmaps.com/

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