KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 25, 2012 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and is prepared to activate its storm response plan should the Kissimmee area be threatened.
Currently, plans call for the utility’s customer service operating hours to remain on a normal schedule for Friday, Oct. 26. Should the storm’s predicted track change or should forecast conditions for the area worsen, new information will be posted on the utility’s website, www.kua.com.
Overnight, Hurricane Sandy experienced a stunning increase in size and intensity, according to weather officials. Sandy is presently heading for the western and central Bahamas and will brush southeast Florida on Friday. The storm could produce moderate to strong winds and heavy rains in Central Florida, which could result in broken branches, uprooted trees and power outages.
Hurricane Sandy is the 18th named storm and 10th hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.
Customers who experience a power outage are asked to call the utility’s 24-hour outage line at 407-933-9898. After severe weather, KUA crews restore power by simultaneously repairing transmission lines, substations and distribution circuits. Once the main power lines and facilities are repaired, crews turn their attention to individual customers.
KUA cautions the public to stay away from power lines that are down or dangling. Report such hazardous conditions to the utility as soon as possible. Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires and make sure that children stay away from them. It is always possible that these lines could be energized.
KUA offers a variety of hurricane preparation resources, including a 40-page hurricane guide in English and Spanish (http://www.kua.com/hurricane) as well as an iPad app available through the iTunes store.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent