Christmas Day Thunderstorms Knock Out Power to 2,200

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., Dec. 25, 2006 – A line of strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and gusty wind to Kissimmee on Christmas Day leaving several thousand residents without electric service for up to nine minutes.

At the peak of the storm at 1:43 p.m., three electrical feeders were knocked offline leaving nearly 2,200 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) without power. Two of the feeders were restored instantaneously by protection devices, but a third serving 1,146 customers in the Buenaventura Lakes area required a utility crew response.

At 1:52 p.m. – nine minutes later – power had been restored to all utility customers.

Utility crews also responded to two other weather-related outages affecting a total of eight customers.

Customers who experience a power outage are asked to call the utility’s 24-hour outage line at 407-933-7777.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com