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Tampa Electric sending crews to North Carolina to help restore power

Duke Energy anticipating damage from heavy snow, ice expected to hit late Thursday

TAMPA, January 21, 2016

Tampa Electric is sending about 250 people to North Carolina to help Duke Energy Carolinas restore power after a winter storm that is expected to bring freezing rain, ice and significant snow when it hits on Thursday night.

About 200 contractors, 40 linemen and 25 support personnel left this morning at dawn for the 12-hour drive to Charlotte, NC; they are prepared to stay for two weeks.

The winter storm is expected to cause power outages across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday.

Tampa Electric is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, or SEE, which is a network of utilities who pledge mutual assistance in case of storm or other emergency. Crews supporting the restoration efforts of other utilities are paid by the host utility.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves more than 715,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico: Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co.

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