KUA CONTINUES PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE FRANCES

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 4, 12:30 p.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility, is continuing to prepare for Hurricane Frances’ impact on Osceola County.

KUA remains in a high readiness level in order to brace itself for the storm’s anticipated heavy rains and tropical or hurricane-force winds. After the severe weather has passed, KUA crews will restore power by first repairing transmission lines, electric substations and primary distribution lines. Once the main power lines are repaired, all crews will turn their attention to individual service wires.

KUA crews have already responded Saturday to several isolated power outages throughout Osceola County caused by fallen tree branches. Utility crews will continue to respond to these outages until sustained winds reach 45 mph, to ensure employee safety. KUA is prepared, however, to put its restoration plan to work immediately after the storm passes by first assessing damage to the power grid and then deploying its workforce to rebuild and repair.

KUA will post daily updates related to power outages and restoration at www.kua.com. Customers can also check local media outlets for updated information.

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