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Severe weather update 5

TAMPA, April 2, 2011

Tampa Electric is reporting as of 6:30 a.m. approximately 6,000 customers without electric service from a peak of 87,000 on Thursday. The majority of the remaining outages are in parts of Hillsborough and Polk counties.

We continue to make substantial progress and have re-energized 93 percent of our network affected by Thursday’s severe weather and tornados.

Tampa Electric has approximately 600 team members and multiple contractors that worked diligently throughout the night to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Company personnel and contractors will continue to work throughout the day and expect to restore service to the bulk of our customers by the end of today. Due to the damage to some customers’ premises some may not be able to be re-energized in this process.

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.

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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