KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 24, 7:30 a.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews worked into the night on Monday to restore power to 400 additional customers in Osceola County. The utility reported Tuesday morning that 5,200 customers remain without power as a result of Hurricane Charley. As Central Florida’s hardest hit utility, KUA has successfully restored electric service to 52,800 customers capable of receiving power, or approximately 91 percent.
Hurricane Charley and an accompanying F0 tornado slammed Kissimmee on August 13 leaving 100 percent of KUA customers in the dark. Because of widespread damage, restoration and rebuilding has required additional time and resources.
“We’re the only utility in Central Florida that started with zero customers,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “We’ve got a small army of linemen and tree trimmers working hard to restore power and normalcy to Osceola County’s neighborhoods.”
To aid those customers still without electric service, utility employees on Monday distributed 32,000 bottles of water and 3,100 bags of ice. Distribution will continue on Tuesday.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) 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