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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Over 1,200 Ocala Electric Utility customers without power

Ocala Electric Utility crews are working throughout the city to restore power after multiple outages were caused by Tropical Storm Nicole.

On its Facebook page, OEU reported 26 outages affecting a total of 1,232 customers. OEU shared photos of the damages encountered by crew members, including fallen trees and downed power lines, as they work to close the outages.

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OEU crews clearing fallen trees and restoring power (Photos courtesy of Ocala Electric Utility)

In a social media post, Ocala Electric Utility stated that the organization is working hard to resolve the outages while keeping its employees safe. Since 8 a.m. on Wednesday, OEU crews have closed an additional 25 outages, which restored power to over 1,800 of its customers.

According to OEU, its crew members follow an “efficient and effective process” to restore power after an outage. First, they analyze and reroute power along undamaged circuits, which brings power back to as many customers as possible.

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OEU crews working to restore power after Tropical Storm Nicole (Photo courtesy of Ocala Electric Utility)

Priority is then given to essential services such as hospitals, shelters, and emergency services. Crews then work quickly to restore power to the remaining customers, which typically involves making repairs that restore the most customers in the shortest amount of time.

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Another photo showing OEU crews as they work to restore power after Tropical Storm Nicole (Photo courtesy of Ocala Electric Utility)

To report a power outage, OEU customers should call 352-351-6666, or they can download the free MyUsage App from the App Store or Google Play. OEU advises those without power to only report the outage once.

If a customer’s power is restored while crews are still working in the area, then the customer is encouraged to leave a porch light or externally visible light on so that crews can see that they have power.

For more information, visit the Ocala Electric Utility webpage.