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Weather Causes Power Outages; Crews Work Through Night to Restore Power.

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 1998-- TransAlta(TSE:TA.) (ME:TA.) (Alberta Stock Exchange:TA.) TransAlta crews are working through the night to restore power knocked out by severe weather in parts of central Alberta.

A tornado touched down near Daysland, southeast of Edmonton, Sunday evening. The tornado damaged electricity distribution and high-voltage transmission lines. High winds and lightning caused outages in other areas, including: Bashaw, Camrose, Lacombe, Ma-Me-O Beach, Red Deer, Wainwright and Wetaskiwin.

TransAlta dispatched linemen from across central Alberta, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan to restore power. The operational response is co-ordinated from TransAlta's 24-hour system control and call centres in Calgary.

Based on current estimates of damage, power is expected to be restored to all affected customers by 6 a.m. Power for most of Daysland was restored by 1 a.m.

CONTACT: TransAlta Corporation

Richard Peter, 403/267-4722

http://www.transalta.com
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