Lightning, Severe Thunderstorms Knock Out Power to 2,700

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 31, 9:45 p.m. – Severe thunderstorms and lightning on Monday evening left several thousand Osceola County residents without electric service.

At the peak of the storm at 7:04 p.m., nearly 2,700 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) were without power. The outages were mostly scattered, although the heaviest storm damage was concentrated in the neighborhoods of Shadow Bay and Renee Terrace, off Thacker Avenue.

On Winding Ridge Avenue in Shadow Bay, an uprooted tree fell into a primary power line knocking out power to 2,159 customers.

By 9:10 p.m., power had been restored to all utility customers.

“The majority of the outages were a result of lightning damage to utility equipment and tree limbs being blown into power lines,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “This is some of the worst weather we’ve seen so far this summer.”

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.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com