SLOW-MOVING FRANCES KNOCKS OUT POWER TO 3,800

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 4, 10:00 p.m. – High winds from Hurricane Frances have knocked out power to more than 3,800, or seven percent, of Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 58,000 customers in Osceola County. At 10:00 pm Saturday, the utility lost two major distribution feeders that serve portions of Buenaventura Lakes as well as an area near Highway 192 and Oren Brown Road in Kissimmee.

Because of dangerous winds, utility crews have been pulled from the field to ensure their safety. KUA is prepared to put its restoration plan to work immediately after the storm passes by first assessing damage to the power grid and then deploying its workforce to rebuild and repair.

Because of the size, intensity, path and slow-moving nature of this storm, customers are being advised to plan and prepare for long, extended electrical service outages. KUA customers who experience power outages are asked to call the utility’s 24-hour outage line at 407-933-7777.

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric service to 58,000 customers in Osceola County.

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Chris M. Gent
Manager of Corporate Communications
Kissimmee Utility Authority
1701 W. Carroll Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-6804
(407) 933-7777, ext. 1116
Fax (407) 933-1761
Cell (407) 414-3349
cgent@kua.com