(Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m.) Florida produce distributors and grower-shippers say they are faring well after a power outage caused blackouts in the southern half of Florida.

More than 4 million customers, from Miami to West Palm Beach, Fla., and as far north as Tampa, Fla., lost power, according to news reports.

Miami-area wholesalers say their backup generators kept operations running.

Bruce Fishbein, a partner with The Produce Connection Inc., Miami, says his company’s generator kicked on and has been running the company during the afternoon of Feb. 26.

“The neighborhoods are all out of power,” Fishbein said. “There are a lot of people without electricity. The outage is pretty rough, but we haven’t noticed it.”

Fishbein said the outage didn’t disrupt The Produce Connection’s operations. After having to load trucks by flashlight for emergency deliveries to hospitals after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Fishbein said the company purchased a powerful generator.

Marshall Glantz, director of business development, exports and executive director for Miami-area distributor American Fruit & Produce Corp., Opa Locka, Fla., said its $400,000 generator immediately kicked on and prevented business disruption.

“All of our employees and their families have been calling in saying the power is going back on in their areas,” he said. “We didn’t even know we were without power, except for a little flicker.”

Glantz says the outages were temporary.

Neighborhoods in the Pompano Beach, Fla., area of Miami, the home of many produce importers, were reportedly without power.

Michael Warren, president of Central American Produce Inc., Pompano Beach, said his area wasn’t affected. He said he thinks the outages were kind of hit and miss in a wide area.

Belle Glade, Fla., produce operations were also unaffected.