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TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW WELL

 TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WEATHERS HURRICANE ANDREW WELL
 ATLANTA, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In the face of the nation's third worst hurricane this century, Southern Bell Telephone's South Florida communications network held up well and allowed telephone service to remain operational for "the overwhelming majority" of the company's customers.
 Early estimates are that about 98 percent of the company's 2.5 million customer telephone lines in Broward and Dade counties remained in service during the record storm.
 Successful survival of Hurricane Andrew was attributed to the company's advanced telecommunications infrastructure which includes extensive use of tiny fiber-optic cables, electronic switching and extensive network back-up systems.
 "A large part of this success story is the result of the selfless and untiring commitment of more than 500 of our people who worked in our central switching offices, operator centers and our Centralized Bureaus. These people are our heroes," said Southern Bell Florida President Joe Lacher.
 "Even people whose own homes were severely damaged were at work as dawn broke this morning. That's the type of dedication and commitment typical of all 17,000 of our Southern Bell people in Florida," Lacher said.
 None of the company's 30 central switching offices in Dade County went out of service even though 23 of them were forced to use either emergency power supplied by their own internal generators or by giant storage batteries located in each switching center.
 Even the Homestead Central Office, which was crossed by the eye of Hurricane Andrew and sustained winds of 162 miles an hour, remained operational.
 Only two South Florida localities were unable to make or receive calls outside their local areas: Key Biscayne and Key West.
 Not only did the majority of Southern Bell's customers maintain telephone service, many of them used their phones to provide blow-by- blow descriptions of the hurricane's advance to live national television programs.
 Isolated outages did occur, however, and they were attributed to flying debris or falling trees rather than central office failures. Additionally, abnormally high calling volumes slowed call completion at times.
 Dade County has five Emergency 911 Centers, and all of them maintained telephone service. Additionally, three major hospitals in the county -- Baptist, Jackson Memorial and Fisherman's Memorial -- maintained communications services. Both the 911 centers and the hospitals were staffed with Southern Bell technicians to provide assistance if it had been needed.
 Southern Bell's communications network has an extensive system of fiber optic cables and backups serving vital community and business areas such as the Federal Aviation Administration, fire and police agencies.
 Southern Bell Emergency Restoration Teams in Miami and Jacksonville began assessing the demand for repair crews at daybreak. Coordination of emergency restoration crews from outside of Florida is being managed from the company's network operations center in Birmingham, Ala.
 (Southern Bell operates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Its sister company, South Central Bell, operates in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Both companies are part of BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc.)
 As Andrew moves into the Gulf of Mexico, Southern Bell and South Central Bell emergency officials continue to watch it closely, because it could turn north and endanger the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama.
 -0- 8/24/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Further updates will be provided as information becomes available./
 /CONTACT: Spero Canton in Miami, 305-965-7686 or 305-758-6687, or, in Atlanta, Richard Miles, 404-529-8003, or David Rogers, 404-529-8053, all of BellSouth Telecommunications/
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