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06/25/2012

Progress Energy Florida storm update - latest outage numbers

Restoration efforts expected to take multiple days in some areas

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 25, 2012)5:00 p.m. – Progress Energy Florida crews continue to battle the effects of Tropical Storm Debby today, in response to the slow-moving storm that continues to pound the Florida coastline.

Here are the updated outage/restoration numbers (as of 4 p.m.):

  • Power has been restored to more than 175,000 customers since the first round of storms battered PEF’s service territory on Sunday.
  • Approximately 20,000 Progress Energy Florida customers are currently without power.

Crews continue restoration efforts, even as the storm continues. Repair work is being complicated by high winds and flooding, which make travel and access to damaged equipment a challenge. As a result, restoration efforts may take several days to complete in some areas. The company also expects additional outages over the next several days as the storm is expected to make landfall along the Florida coast later this week. 

County outage totals (as of 4 p.m.) are as follows:

County

Total Customers With Outages

Total Customers in County

Alachua

143

4715

Bay

169

2088

Brevard

0

17

Citrus

20

44719

Columbia

1

561

Dixie

0

1794

Flagler

0

15

Franklin

3192

9686

Gilchrist

0

1554

Gulf

754

5849

Hamilton

0

2945

Hardee

0

2624

Hernando

232

10325

Highlands

1

52492

Hillsborough

0

37

Jefferson

972

4506

Lafayette

6

856

Lake

20

75335

Leon

61

62

Levy

0

3552

Madison

32

3785

Marion

914

62109

Orange

1571

331031

Osceola

2

38573

Pasco

703

129270

Pinellas

7324

519630

Polk

259

90186

Seminole

819

147746

Sumter

0

9552

Suwannee

178

782

Taylor

0

6015

Volusia

253

75714

Wakulla

1294

6534

Total:

18920

1644659

Progress Energy Florida has moved additional crews from areas not affected by the storm to the hardest areas, and is bringing in additional line and service and tree personnel from neighboring utilities. The company is mobilizing employees to handle increased customer calls, to quickly evaluate storm damage, to coordinate line crew and equipment mobilization and to coordinate materials required for repairs.

Progress Energy Florida encourages customers to ensure household safety and to call Progress Energy Florida to report power outages at 1.800.228.8485. Customers can also use this number to report downed power lines.

New tools to track outages and restoration
Customers and media can find outage information on Progress Energy's website 24 hours a day at www.progress-energy.com/outagemap. The map is being updated at regular intervals throughout the day. 

Progress Energy Florida is also using social media channels to keep customers informed throughout the storm restoration process. The company will post regular updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ProgEnergyFL and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProgressEnergyFlorida.   

For more storm and safety information, visit Progress Energy's storm site at www.progress-energy.com/storm.

Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit www.progress-energy.com

Media contact: Progress Energy Florida 24-hour media line, 1.866.520.6397
Follow Progress Energy Florida on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProgEnergyFL
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