Published: May 07, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Updated: May 07, 2013 6:10 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Century Link suffered a massive internet outage Tuesday with many areas across the country affected.

In Southwest Florida, the internet issues caused a number of problems. From the Lee County school district to the sheriff's office, without the internet, things slowed down. Deputies had trouble with in-car computers and connecting with dispatchers.

The outage affected some of our local businesses, as well. 

Sip & Send is a gift shop and post office in Cape Coral. The business had signs up, telling customers it couldn't take credit or debit in the post office, because of the Century Link outage. 

Some people, who didn't have cash, left the store. 

"You know, someone who wanted a roll of stamps, that would have been fine, but nobody's going to be carrying $46.00 on them all the time. so, I think we are going to be a little affected by this, for sure," said Sip and Send employee Jessica Tidwell.

She estimates the disruption cost them hundreds of dollars in business.