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BELLSOUTH MOBILITY RESTORES SERVICE TO STORM-STRUCK GULF COAST

 BELLSOUTH MOBILITY RESTORES SERVICE TO STORM-STRUCK GULF COAST
 ATLANTA, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Mobility said today it has completely restored service in its Baton Rouge, La., cellular system, a portion of which was temporarily knocked out of service Wednesday by Hurricane Andrew.
 A total of five transmitters were silent for a short period of time after emergency batteries drained. The company completed restoring service by mid-day today after rushing in emergency generators from other states.
 The central portions of the company's New Orleans and Lafayette systems functioned throughout the worst of the storm, even though many transmitters temporarily lost commercial electrical power and were forced to operate on batteries.
 The storm packing 140 m.p.h. winds seriously damaged two towers directly in its path. One was in Morgan City, where Hurricane Andrew made landfall. The other was in Baldwin, to the north.
 The company said it expects to restore service to both locations within days using temporary equipment. Permanent replacement transmitters are expected to be installed within two weeks. Cellular service in New Iberia, near Lafayette, was restored today using an emergency generator.
 "We're pleased we were able to respond as quickly as we did to keep our system running," said A.J. Taranto, the company's state director. "And, we've got emergency crews from Tennessee and Alabama on the scene working to restore service as quickly as possible."
 The company has assisted a variety of police, emergency and medical personnel by loaning numerous portable phones.
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 /CONTACT: Trish McLaughlin of BellSouth Mobility, 404-604-6493/ CO: BellSouth Mobility Inc ST: Louisiana IN: TLS SU:


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