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Severe weather update 3

TAMPA, April 1, 2011

Tampa Electric is reporting as of 11:30 a.m. approximately 20,000 customers without electric service. The outages are widespread throughout our service area, which includes all of Hillsborough County and parts of Polk, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Tampa Electric has approximately 600 team members and 80 contractors working diligently to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. In areas impacted, the severe weather caused significant damage, including trees and limbs down and extensive wires down in numerous locations.

We anticipate that restoration efforts associated with this storm will be essentially completed by midnight tonight.

To report a power outage or electrical emergency, such as a downed power line, call Tampa Electric's dedicated toll-free automated system at 1-877-588-1010.

As with all Tampa Electric activities, safety is always the company’s number one priority following a storm. Tampa Electric’s second objective in the event of widespread outages is to restore power to the largest number of customers in the shortest possible time. Team members work to restore power to the impacted areas as safely and quickly as possible.

Customers may see tree trimmers in their neighborhood before crews to repair the lines. Clearing debris and trimming trees is the first critical step to helping our crews restore power to customers.

Due to the configuration of the power system, part of a residential subdivision could have its power restored while another part is still without power. All residential areas are considered equally important, and Tampa Electric works safely and quickly to restore service to everyone.

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For additional outage updates and information about Tampa Electric's storm plans, visit , then the “ Weather Watch ” section that also includes current weather information.

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. 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 distribution and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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