Severe Weather Knocks Out Power to Thousands in Central Florida
All OUC customers with storm-related outages are back on-line.
There are some customers who had damage to their home's electrical equipment which is not owned by OUC. Once an electrician makes those repairs, OUC crews then reconnect service.
ORLANDO – OUC crews and contractors have been working around-the-clock since severe storms began moving through Central Florida late yesterday afternoon and knocked out power to more than 22,000 customers, mostly in Orlando. Within three hours of the storm, OUC had restored power to 80 percent of those customers. Severe weather today has hindered restoration efforts as lightning and high winds in some areas have made it too dangerous for crews to work.
To assist with the restoration effort, OUC has brought in additional line and tree crews from around the state, including contract crews and mutual aid from municipal utilities like KUA and JEA. Throughout the past two days, crews have responded to numerous reports of wires down on or near homes due to the near hurricane strength winds that downed and uprooted many trees in the area.
OUC has been following our restoration plan and restored power to critical customers, such as hospitals and police and fire stations, first, and then made repairs to restore power to the most customers in the safest and quickest way possible. Currently all critical customers are in service, and we are repairing damage that is affecting only a few customers at each location. Restoration efforts will continue until all customers are back in service.
Visit www.ouc.com/stormcenter for outage updates, safety tips and information on why your neighbor may have power but you don’t.
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Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 221,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.