FRANCES CAUSES WIDESPREAD OUTAGES IN OSCEOLA

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 5, 1:30 p.m. – High winds from Hurricane Frances coupled with fallen trees and flying debris continue to knock out power to Kissimmee Utility Authority customers in Osceola County. At 1:30 p.m., the utility confirmed loss of power to twelve major distribution feeders, leaving 20,000 customers — or approximately 34 percent of the utility’s 58,000 customers — without electric service.

For a brief period on Sunday, KUA lost a major transmission line that delivers electricity from the utility’s Cane Island power plant in Intercession City to the residents of Kissimmee. Utility crews restored that line just before 1:30 p.m.

More power outages are expected Sunday as Hurricane Frances moves through Central Florida.

Because of the size, intensity, path and slow-moving nature of this storm, customers are being advised to plan and prepare for long, extended electrical service outages. KUA customers who experience power outages are asked to call the utility’s 24-hour outage line at 407-933-7777.

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric service to 58,000 customers in Osceola County.

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Chris M. Gent
Manager of Corporate Communications
Kissimmee Utility Authority
1701 W. Carroll Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-6804
(407) 933-7777, ext. 1116
Fax (407) 933-1761
Cell (407) 414-3349
cgent@kua.com