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Tampa Electric restoration nearing completion

TAMPA, June 26, 2012

Tampa Electric has nearly completed restoration of customers affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

As of 3 p.m. today, about 1,500 customers remained without power, and crews are expected to restore service tonight to those customers capable of receiving power. About 350 Tampa Electric employees and contractors have worked diligently to restore power to thousands of customers affected by Tropical Storm Debby since the peak of 20,000 customers on Sunday night.

All customers currently affected by TS Debby should be restored sometime today, however, additional outages may occur today and Wednesday as high winds and rain linger in some areas. If you are without power and do not see restoration crews in your area, please call Tampa Electric's dedicated toll-free automated system at 1-877-588-1010.

The utility expects to return to normal operations Wednesday.

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
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