KUA Stands Ready for Hurricane Charley

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 12, 12:00 noon – The employees of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) have completed pre-storm preparations and are ready to respond to Hurricane Charley. The utility’s workforce has already fine-tuned and rehearsed its plans for restoring electric service after the storm has passed.

KUA reminds customers to be safe as the hurricane passes through the area. KUA offers these safety reminders:

* Don’t drive or walk into standing water.
* Don’t go near any downed power lines.
* Consider all wires as being energized regardless of whether they are electrical, cable television or telephone.
* Do not venture out in the dark because it is difficult to see a downed power line that could still be energized and dangerous.
* Do not attempt to remove or trim foliage within 10 feet of a power line.
* Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers.

If power goes out, KUA advises you to check all circuit breakers or fuses to help determine if your outage might be the result of a household problem.

Call KUA at 407-933-7777 to report any power outages. However, during major weather events, including hurricanes and severe thunderstorms, customers may encounter extended wait times before their call is answered. Customers can expedite this process by using KUA’s automated outage reporting system at 407-933-7777.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water, 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