Severe weather update 4
TAMPA, April 1, 2011
Tampa Electric is reporting as of 3:30 p.m. approximately 18,000 customers without electric service. The majority of the outages are in parts of Hillsborough and Polk counties.
We have made substantial progress in re-energizing 80 percent of our network affected by yesterday’s severe weather. Our assessment after daylight showed more substantial damage to our system and customers premises, especially in the South Tampa/Interbay area and in the Riverview/Palm River areas.
- We expect that by midnight tonight affected service in the Winter Haven and Plant City areas will be restored.
- Service will be essentially completed in the eastern and south Hillsborough County portion of our service area by mid-day Saturday.
- Service will be essentially completed in the central and western portions of our service area by Saturday afternoon.
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.
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.
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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.