The morning after Alberto: Tampa Electric working to restore remaining customer outages
TAMPA, June 13, 2006
Tampa Electric this morning reported that as of its regularly scheduled 6:45 a.m. report to the State Emergency Operations Center, 5,200 customers were without power following Tropical Storm Alberto, more than 4,000 of which were in Hillsborough County and more than 1,000 of which were in Polk County, with minimal outage activity in the Pasco and Pinellas parts of the company’s service territory.
Since that update, the company has successfully reduced the number of outages by half – approximately 2,500 customers were without power at 8:30 a.m. While storm activity related to Alberto continues, the company expects to restore all related outages today.
Vice President-Energy Delivery Bill Whale said, “We experienced sporadic outage activity throughout the evening and throughout our service territory. Our crews worked throughout the night and today continue their work to restore power to our customers as safely and quickly as possible.”
Tampa Electric is working to restore power with its own team members, and has not requested assistance from other utilities for this storm, which Whale likened to a heavy summer thunderstorm.
As always, public health and safety are Tampa Electric’s top restoration priorities. Customers who see a downed power line or are experiencing a power outage, can call the company’s toll-free dedicated emergency/outage number: 1-877-588-1010.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.