ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Power crews are keeping very busy across Central Florida after damage caused by Tropical Storm Colin. The National Hurricane Center has discontinued all tropical storm warnings as the remnants of the storm speed off into the Atlantic Ocean.
Part of a tree fell on a power line at the home off Caywood Circle in Orlando, causing quite a scare. The electricity had to be turned off. "They heard a big boom," said Manuel Baez, who woke up to his neighbors knocking on his window at 4:30 Tuesday morning. "The power lines were down and on the side of my house it was sparking, and we smelled the smoke and I was like what's happening."
"I heard a loud crack and a tree fall," explained Natalie Williams, who lives next door. "We called 911, they came out,"
Duke Energy restored power to more than 85,000 homes like this one in Florida, but they still had around 7,600 homes without service. They are warning residents to be careful of where you are walking, if a line is still down.
Baez is making sure no one goes in his backyard, especially pets, because it could be dangerous. "The power would flicker on and off, and the guy came and shut it off till they could fix it." While he's ready to clean up the mess, he realizes it could have been much worse. "I was asleep, so thank God my neighbors came and told me, because God forbid if the house would catch on fire, that would have been a very scary situation."
The utility companies advise that if you smell a wire burning in your home, you should turn off the main breaker, and then contact the power company. Click here to contact Duke Engery. Click here to contact Florida Power & Light. Click here to contact Orlando Utilities Commission. Click here to contact Kissimmee Utility Authority. Click here to contact Electric Utility of Winter Park.