Severe Thunderstorms Knock Out Power to 2,000

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 4, 10:30 p.m. – Severe thunderstorms and lightning on Thursday evening left several thousand Kissimmee residents without electric service.

At the peak of the storm at 8:00 p.m., nearly 2,000 customers were without power. The outages were mostly scattered, although the heaviest damage was concentrated in areas around Buenaventura Lakes, Neptune Road, East Vine Street and Pleasant Hill Road.

By 10:30 p.m., power had been restored to all but 200 customers. The remaining customers should have power restored by midnight. Utility crews will work through the night until power to all residents has been restored.

“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 the worst weather we’ve seen since Hurricane Jeanne last 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