QUICK MOVING STORM RESULTS IN THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER
LAKELAND, FL (August 22, 2013) - At the peak of yesterday’s very intense storm there were 15,052 Lakeland Electric customers who were without power. The storm moved through the area quickly but Lakeland Linder Regional Airport reported 65 mph winds with some areas of Lakeland also receiving over two-inches of rain. Most of Lakeland Electric’s customers who initially lost energy due to the storm had their electricity restored quickly because of system control’s ability to reroute power.
However, as of 8:30 p.m. last night about 800 customers were without power and as of 8:00 a.m. this morning approximately 200 customers are still without power. Lakeland Electric still has the following issues to repair:
- 6 Bad transformers
- 3 Broken poles
- 19 locations with downed wires
Lakeland Electric had 50 line workers who worked diligently overnight to restore power. Twenty-eight fresh crew members reported this morning to continue the restoration work. Lakeland Electric has also enlisted the help of Bartow and Kissimmee who are each sending four crew members to assist in final restoration.
For more information regarding Lakeland Electric go to www.lakelandelectric.com and to view up to date power outages click on the Power Outage Tracker button on the home page. The Outage Tracker shows a map with the current outages for the Lakeland Electric Service Territory. The map is updated every five minutes in order to give customers the most recent information.