KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 7, 2017 – In anticipation of a potential impact from Hurricane Irma this weekend, Kissimmee Utility Authority this morning activated its emergency operations plan.
The utility is currently operating at Alert Level 3 and will advance to Alert Level 4 once the storm is within 24 hours of impacting its 85-square mile service territory in Osceola County.
Through a mutual aid agreement, KUA is bringing in lineworkers and tree trimmers from Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas to assist with power restoration. The crews will begin arriving on Sunday.
Irma is currently packing winds of 180 mph and, depending on its path, is capable of causing widespread power outages. In addition, restoration may be hampered by flooding, downed trees or other obstacles. KUA crews are prepared to work long hours after the storm passes, restoring service to customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
Customers who experience a power outage are asked to call the utility’s 24-hour outage line at 407-933-9898. After severe weather, KUA crews restore power by repairing transmission lines, substations and main distribution lines. Once the main power lines are repaired, crews turn their attention to individual customer outages. KUA’s real-time outage map can be viewed at http://arcg.is/2nTNmmg.
To assist residents with storm preparations, KUA has developed a comprehensive storm preparedness guide. The 40-page handbook can be downloaded from the utility’s website at www.kua.com/hurricane.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility, powering 72,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida.