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Tampa Electric restoring power; prepared for additional severe weather

TAMPA, June 25, 2012

Tampa Electric is working around the clock to restore power to customers affected by severe weather from Tropical Storm Debby.

At the peak, more than 20,000 Tampa Electric customers were without power Sunday night. The most heavily affected area was in Winter Haven, where officials reported a tornado. By noon Monday, about 7,500 customers remained without power across the Tampa Bay area.

With Tropical Storm Debby expected to linger for several days, customers may see additional outages this week. If severe weather results in a power outage at your home or business, please contact Tampa Electric. The fastest way to report a power outage is through the utility’s automated line, 877.588.1010.

Tampa Electric reminds its customers to stay safe during and after the storm:

  • Stay out of floodwaters, as they can hide energized power lines or put you at risk of drowning.
  • Remember to also keep away from downed power lines and urge others to be extremely cautious.
  • If you lose power, remember to use portable generators safely. DO NOT connect your portable generator into your home’s circuits. Plug your appliances directly into the generator. Connecting your generator to the circuits may cause power to flow to outside lines, posing life-threatening danger to restoration crews.
  • Portable generators must not be used inside residences or any enclosed space (like a garage) where deadly carbon monoxide gases could build up.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon