Gulf Power Crews Begin Rebuilding After Hurricane Michael

October 11, 2018

About 120,000, or approximately 26 percent of Gulf Power’s customers, were without power Wednesday due to Hurricane Michael. Gulf Power began the restoration process from multiple staging sites with more than 4,000 support personnel from 16 states.

Progress is being made in many areas and the company has restored power in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and expects to restore storm-related outages to Okaloosa and Walton counties by the end of the day Thursday. At that time, storm-tested crews will join teams from across the country in restoring power in Bay County and communities in Northwest Florida that were hit the hardest.

“The Gulf Power system held strong from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach — a testament to the investments we’ve made to harden our infrastructure.,” said Gulf Power spokesperson Jeff Rogers. “But the hardest hit areas around Panama City may need to be rebuilt from the ground up.”

Rogers said the energy provider would work until every customer who can receive power gets their power restored.

“Our crews and support personnel are going to work around the clock until every last customer is restored,” said Rogers. “While the force of the storm is unprecedented, we are grateful for the strong support we have received from Southern Company – and mutual assistance partners across the country – which have allowed us to safely and quickly respond and begin the restoration process. We have more than 4,000 boots on the ground working to restore power.”

The strength of Hurricane Michael could mean a rebuild of infrastructure, which may take weeks in the hardest hit areas. Gulf Power is committed to restoring power to customers in every community we serve across Northwest Florida.

“It’s overwhelming to see our customers supporting our crews and employees as they work to restore power,” said Rogers. “We’re in this together, and our crews are among the heroes after the storm, restoring power and hope.”

Pictured: Hundreds of power company vehicles from across the country were staged at the fairgrounds on Mobile Highway Tuesday night. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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