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Update on Tampa Power Outage

TAMPA, February 22, 2013

A “perfect storm” of events occurred today that caused a power outage at a city of Tampa water treatment plant. At 5:30 a.m., an outage occurred on an underground power line, likely caused by a squirrel or other animal. The line was one of two serving the plant. A problem with the city’s equipment exacerbated the issue by causing the second line to fail at about 1:30 p.m., leaving the plant without power. Tampa Electric restored service to both lines by 3:30 p.m. and worked with the city to resolve their equipment issues.

At 4 p.m., the water treatment plant was operating on full Tampa Electric power.

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