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Two hurricane-ready "super switches" ensure continued communications for C Spire customers

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This is a news release from C Spire

C Spire enters the 2016 hurricane season with two multi-million dollar, hurricane-ready "super switches" providing added protection and service for customers in south Mississippi, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in south Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

Both high-tech mobile phone switching facilities, which are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200 miles an hour, connect millions of voice calls, wireless data transmissions and other critical customer services daily for C Spire consumer and business customers.  In addition to hardened and reinforced shells, the all-steel and concrete structures house a redundant, large-scale 500 kilowatt diesel power generator, a grid of back up batteries and other redundant back-up systems, operations and technologies.

The initial outlook from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters is expected soon, but Colorado State University and The Weather Channel predict as many as 14 named tropical storms could form in the Atlantic Ocean during the six-month period that officially begins on June 1.  Eight of those storms could strengthen into hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 mph and three could become major hurricanes with maximum winds of 111 mph or more.

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