Cleco Corp.: Cleco prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

             Cleco Corp.: Cleco prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

PINEVILLE, La., Oct. 4, 2013 - Cleco is closely monitoring Tropical Storm
Karen and has its crews and contract crews on standby with plans to mobilize
Saturday morning to St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Crews will be
available to help with storm restoration if needed.

"We feel we are prepared for whatever this storm may bring," said Anthony
Bunting, vice president of transmission and distribution operations. "We have
activated our storm plan, and our storm teams arecurrently planning for a
possible restoration effort for our customers located in the Northshore area,
which is north of Lake Pontchartrain."

Forecasters predict winds could reach a maximum of 39 miles per hour with
sustained winds at 25 to 35 miles per hour in the Northshore. According to
Cleco, winds at this level have potential to create power outages as tree
limbs and debris could be blown into power lines.

"We ask our customers in the St. Tammany and Washington parish areas to be
prepared for potential outages and be mindful that downed power lines could be
energized and dangerous," said Bunting. "If you see a dangerous situation with
a power line, call 911 or Cleco at 1-800-622-6537."

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.
Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns
nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,565 megawatts and
serves approximately 283,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail
business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale
power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream
Resources LLC, which owns two generating units with a total nameplate capacity
of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

Media Contact:
Robbyn Cooper
(318) 484-7136
                                      
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