St. George Island - Franklin County authorities are checking out reports of a water spout that caused some extensive damage to St. George Island Monday night. The storm did not damage any buildings, but it knocked out electricity to the entire island.
The suspected waterspout hit around 8:15 eastern time, knocking out power to St. George as well as parts of Eastpoint. No one is sure of it's path, but it apparently knocked-out the power lines that supply the St. George Island with electricity.
According to Progress Energy Florida, all 5,000 of their customers on the island are without power. The company says they will bring generators to the island to supply power while the damaged transmission structures are repaired.
The lines run between Eastpoint on the mainland, and St. George. This is not the first time in recent history the lines have gone down. It happened in 2006 when a tornado hit the lines, and again in 2008, when a waterspout hit. Both times electricity was out on the island for several days to as much as a week.
Authorities are reporting the two wooden poles and the one concrete pole were all knocked-down. Authorities are estimating it could take several days to restore electricity to the island. At this point there are not any reports of any injuries.