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River Street Blackout Ends Saint Patrick's Day Festivities Early

Dan Connors will never forget his first St. Patrick's Day in Savannah. Dan Connors will never forget his first St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.
"I'm absolutely irritated because I only got one drink," said Michelle Flores. "I'm absolutely irritated because I only got one drink," said Michelle Flores.
"You know you make the best of it, you just hang out, have a good time, hang on to good friends and family," said Joshua James. "You know you make the best of it, you just hang out, have a good time, hang on to good friends and family," said Joshua James.
"It's still St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia," said Benjamin Luedtke from Wisconsin. "It's still St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia," said Benjamin Luedtke from Wisconsin.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Dan Connors will never forget his first Saint Patrick's Day in Savannah.

"I love the people of Savannah, I love the bars, I love the atmosphere, I love the river walk, that's pretty awesome," said Connors from North Carolina. "I was just disappointed about the way it ended."

A severe storm, which struck a power plant near Chatham County, caused a blackout during Savannah's busiest time of the year, Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

"I was in the bar, talking to some friends and all of a sudden, the lights went out and basically, we were kind of hanging out, waiting to see if they would come back on and they eventually kicked us out and told us to head on," said Connors.

Taj Zahoor was at City Market when it happened.

"I was walking around, talking to some girls, and all of the sudden it just kind of blacks out," said Zahoor.

Suddenly, they found themselves among thousands of people making their way back from a darkened River Street and City Market . Their only lights was police cars, portable generators, and powered floodlights brought in by authorities.

Whether they liked it or not, the night was over. And some clearly didn't like it.

"I'm absolutely irritated because I only got one drink," said Michelle Flores.

But with no choice in the matter many decided to take it in stride.

"You know you make the best of it, you just hang out, have a good time, hang on to good friends and family," said Joshua James.

"It's still St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia," said Benjamin Luedtke from Wisconsin.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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