KUA linemen traveled to Lakeland to restore power after EF-2 tornado

KUA linemen, from left, George Blair, Brendan Laflamme, Danny Kelly, Ethan Shellabarger, Tony Nasco and Willie Simmons traveled to Lakeland to help restore power following a tornado.

Kissimmee Utility Authority crews traveled to Lakeland last weekend to assist with the restoration of power after an EF-2 tornado walloped the northwest portion of the city on the evening of

Oct. 18.

The twister was spawned by Tropical Storm Nestor.

As part of its mutual-aid agreement with utilities throughout the state, KUA sent crews and a convoy of vehicles and supplies to assist crews at Lakeland Electric. KUA was joined by other visiting crews from Orlando Utilities Commission, Ocala Electric Utility and Gainesville Regional Utilities to help restore service to 10,000 customers whose service was interrupted by the tornado. The crews returned home Monday.

KUA crews are no stranger to providing aid to other utilities. In 2018, KUA crews traveled to Bennettsville, S.C., to help restore power to those impacted by Hurricane Florence, and to Tallahassee and Chattahoochee following Hurricane Michael.

In 2017, KUA crews provided mutual aid to utilities in Orlando, Lakeland, Key West and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.