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STORM, FREEZE POSE SERIOUS POWER SHORTAGES

 TAMPA, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- While all of Tampa Electric Company's available crews are working against high winds to restore service to customers without electricity, accompanying cold weather has hit the area this weekend which would put severe strain on the state's generation system.
 "We have suffered damage to many of our circuits, and have been restoring them, but many restored circuits have been damaged again by continuing winds," Mike Mahoney, Tampa Electric spokesperson, said today.
 The company urges customers to use extreme caution while the present storm restoration efforts are underway. Customers are urged to stay away from downed power lines and not to step in water where electrical lines are on the ground.
 "If you are without electrical service, it's only necessary to call Tampa Electric once. Too many calls can jam our phone lines," Mahoney said.
 While the company is restoring service to customers without power from circuits damaged during the weekend storm, a shortage of generation in the state could affect electrical service throughout Florida this weekend and Monday. A coldfront has arrived in the area today, and the company is calling for customers to conserve electricity.
 "As we now stand, Tampa Electric has sufficient generation to meet the demand," Mahoney said. "But the state's generation is low, and in some parts of Florida there could be rolling blackouts."
 Customers are asked to:
 -- Lower temperature in their homes by 5-10 degrees
 -- Limit hot water use
 -- Turn off all non-essential lighting and major appliances not being used
 -- Turn off sprinkler and pool pumps
 -- Postpone washing and drying and all non-essential electric use until the emergency period passes
 Customers are also asked to have battery-operated radios available.
 -0- 3/13/93
 /CONTACT: Mike Mahoney, 813-228-4271, or home, 813-961-9456, or Michele Adler, 813-228-4277, or home, 813-875-4133, both of Tampa Electric/


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