Additional crews called in; multiple days will be needed to restore power in some areas
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 26, 2012) – 5 p.m. – Progress Energy Florida crews continue to battle the effects of Tropical Storm Debby, in response to the slow-moving storm that continues to pound the Florida coastline. Debby is forecasted to make landfall along the Florida coast on Wednesday. In addition, crews from Progress Energy Carolinas and Georgia Power are scheduled to arrive in the Progress Energy Florida service area to assist with restoration efforts.
Here are the updated outage/restoration numbers, as of 3 p.m.:
Crews maintain 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 across its 35-county service area as the storm makes landfall. Service personnel are working around the clock to restore power.
County outage totals (as of 3 p.m.) are as follows:
Progress Energy Florida has moved additional crews from areas not affected by the storm to the hardest-hit 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.
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