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Cingular braces for Wilma

Wireless carrier sets up portable cellular sites, generators and stocks up on fuel.

Cingular Wireless has put in place emergency measures to ensure its wireless service in Florida does not break down in the event Hurricane Wilma hits the southern part of the state, the company said Thursday.

As part of its emergency preparations, the wireless carrier has housed recovery equipment in four areas--Sunrise, Margate, Riviera Beach and Lakeland--in case there are any disruptions in service in the wake of the storm. In addition, it has set up eight portable cellular sites in Lakeland, and it has stocked up on extra fuel. Cingular is also keeping ready hundreds of portable power generators in addition to those stationed at nearly 400 of its cellular sites in the state.