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AT&T PREPARES FOR HURRICANE ANDREW'S SECOND LANDFALL

 AT&T PREPARES FOR HURRICANE ANDREW'S SECOND LANDFALL
 NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hurricane Andrew headed west this morning, so too did a convoy of about a dozen AT&T trucks carrying an emergency crew, portable generators and enough transmission equipment to provide emergency long distance service to a small city.
 The trucks hold enough AT&T people and equipment to quickly restore thousands of phone circuits anywhere along the Gulf Coast, if needed.
 Initially stationed in Windermere, Fla., in case AT&T service was affected by hurricane damage in southern Florida, the trucks and crew have now moved on to Bonifay, Fla. They stand ready to respond to any damage that Andrew might do to AT&T's network along the Gulf Coast. Bonifay is located about 105 miles east of Pensacola.
 AT&T long-distance calling on Monday totaled 172.1 million calls, making it the second busiest day ever on AT&T's long distance network. Overall calling on the network today is up 13 percent from the same day a week ago.
 AT&T, reporting that its network has so far weathered the storm with minimum damage to facilities, said calling into and out of Florida was still running 300-500 percent above normal today. Because of local network congestion, some people may encounter delays in completing their calls, AT&T said.
 The company said that calling to and from New Orleans was beginning to build this morning.
 "Our network has performed superbly," said Jim Carroll, vice president, network operations. "And our emergency telecommunications restoration team is ready and prepared to respond if the hurricane hits the Gulf Coast."
 Meanwhile, to help with restoration efforts now underway in southern Florida, AT&T is:
 -- Carrying calls between the United States and Cuba via third
 countries -- Spain, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom -- due
 to the loss of an AT&T microwave radio tower in Goulds,
 Fla., that was part of a radio link handling calls between
 the two countries. If the Cuban government agrees, AT&T is
 prepared to activate a 140-circuit undersea cable that was
 installed in 1989 between West Palm Beach and a point near
 Havana.
 -- In partnership with Cellular One, providing free long
 distance cellular service to relief agencies in the Miami
 area. McCaw Cellular, which operates as Cellular One in
 Florida, has provided the agencies with 500 phones.
 -- Moving portable generators and phone banks to areas in
 southern Florida affected by hurricane damage for the use of
 local residents there anxious to make long distance calls.
 -- Working with local telephone companies to help restore local
 service.
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 /CONTACTS: Ron Bravo, 908-234-5257, or home, 908-560-0424, Dan Lawler, 908-234-5254, or home, 908-537-6048, or Paula Horii, 908-221-8422, or home, 212-228-1812/
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