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For customer safety, Tampa Electric may disconnect power to Tampa central business district, Harbor Island and Davis Islands

TAMPA, August 12, 2004

Hurricane Charley poses a serious risk to the Bay Area. As a result, Tampa Electric is making key decisions now for customer safety and power restoration after the storm. One such decision is the disconnection of power to the circuits that serve the downtown Tampa central business district, Harbor Island and Davis Islands.

The major concern with these low elevation areas is salt water and flood water intrusion into the underground network that provides electrical services to them.
Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, "If a water intrusion of that type occurred, a shut-down of that part of our system would be inevitable. By shutting it down proactively, we will be better able to restore power for our customers faster once the danger has passed."

Accordingly, if it becomes necessary to do so Tampa Electric will disconnect power to the circuits that serve these areas. Doing so will allow its crews to better restore power to customers in these areas quickly and safely as possible once the storm has passed. Residential and commercial customers in these areas will want to make any necessary preparations for power outage conditions.

Cutting the power to this network will improve safe conditions during the storm period and will allow Tampa Electric crews to repair any damages and restore power as rapidly – and safely – to customers as possible.

Should this action become necessary, Tampa Electric will de-energize these circuits as soon as 10:00 a.m. Friday.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified, energy-related holding company based in Tampa, Florida. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include Peoples Gas System, TECO Wholesale Generation, TECO Transport and TECO Coal.

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