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HIGH WINDS HAMPER FLORIDA POWER CORP. RESTORATION WORK

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing high winds and communication equipment failures are making power restoration efforts more difficult for Florida Power Corporation, 12 hours after severe weather first moved across Florida.
 The company also is reporting flooding conditions at the main substation at the Crystal River energy complex where there are four coal and one nuclear generating units.
 Transmission line problems have now been reported in several parts of the company's 32-county area of service. Because of the windy conditions, Florida Power cannot use helicopters to survey the damage and access on foot has been slow-going. Crews also have not been able to go up in transmission bucket trucks to work on repairs.
 Similar to other utilities in the state, Florida Power is experiencing telecommunication problems with its in-house microwave system, cellular equipment, main trunk lines and two-way radios due to the winds.
 Estimates of customers without power probably exceed 200,000 but are difficult to accurately determine because of the communication problems.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Raihill, 813-866-4376, Will Rodgers, 813-866-4782, Mark Jacobs, 904-628-9732, or Bill Warren, 407-646-8266, all of Florida Power Corp./


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