Lightning Knocks Out Power to 2,500

Placeholder image

KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 6, 2007 – A lightning strike from a Friday afternoon thunderstorm left several thousand Kissimmee residents without electric service for one hour.

At 3:52 p.m on Friday, a 13,200-volt power line along Monument Avenue in downtown Kissimmee received a direct lightning strike which knocked the high-voltage wires off the utility pole and on to the pavement below.

The downed power line caused the loss of two major distribution feeders in an area bordered by Highway 192 on the north, Lake Tohopekaliga on the south, Michigan Avenue on the east and Central Avenue on the west. The outage also impacted those living along Neptune Road, from downtown east to Shawnda Lane, and those living off of Kings Highway.

KUA crews repaired the damaged lines and restored power to all 2,455 customers at 4:52 p.m.

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.

# # #

Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com