Tampa Businesses turn to ABC Action News after repeated power outages

Posted at 7:03 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 03:20:16-04

At Commerce Park off Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, recent power outages have hurt businesses.

"In the past month or so we've had a lot of power outages," says Alexa Alonso, a local hair stylist at the Alexa Christine Salon.

"The power goes out for 45 minutes sometimes for an hour," says Jason Greif with US Health Advisors.

The small businesses and their employees are all being left in the dark, because when the power goes out, "They can't make phone calls. It's frustrating these people are providing for their families...this is happening every week over the last four weeks," says Greif.

"It definitely interrupted our  work day and the AC was out forever," says Alonso.

"I did speak to somebody but it takes time with the whole automated have to wait on hold for 30 minutes," says Greif.

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"If we are inside of an eye while we lose power we are out of luck," says Dr. Peter Mohoric.

Because when the power goes out there, "We lose the ability to keep track of how things are going while they are under anesthesia which can be critical to the patient," he says.

TECO tells ABC Action News they are working to identify the cause of the outages and are actively working to fix it, and promise to meet  individually with those businesses.