Noon Update: Gulf Power With 88,000 Still Without Power; EREC Down To 2,600

September 19, 2020

Here a midday update on power restoration progress from Gulf Power Company and Escambia River Electric Cooperative:

Gulf Power Company

Just over 90,000 Gulf Power customers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were without power midday Saturay. The utility said based on initial assessments of the hardest-hit areas, they expect to restore 95% of customers who can receive power in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties by the end of the day on Tuesday, September  22. Gulf said many customers will be restored before that date.

“We know it’s difficult to be without power, but please know that our team of more than 7,000 is dedicated to getting the lights back on will not stop working until all of our customers have power restored,” Gulf Power President Marlene Santos said.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative

Midday Saturday, Escambia River Electric Cooperative reported 2,607 members without power, with 1,727 in Escambia County and 880 in Santa Rosa County. That was down from 10,919 right after the Category 2 hurricane.

“Our storm team is working hard day and night to restore power to our membership,” said EREC CEO Ryan Campbell. “We know our members are eager to get their electricity restored, and our crews will not stop working until everyone has power. The support our members have shown us has been amazing. We’ve had deliveries of snacks, doughnuts and even a sign placed in front of the co-op thanking our linemen. It’s great to be part of such a supportive community.”

Pictured: Two of 13 employees from SECO Energy in Sumterville, Florida, help restore power Friday on the Escambia River Electric Cooperative distribution system. Photo for, click to enlarge.


16 Responses to “Noon Update: Gulf Power With 88,000 Still Without Power; EREC Down To 2,600”

  1. Wondering Why on September 20th, 2020 1:02 pm

    Just wondering why some folks are getting power for two hours and then disconnected? Why disconnect them.. It doesn’t make any sense.

  2. Skip on September 20th, 2020 2:06 am

    Amazing job! We have power checking out the hotel tomorrow! We appreciate all the local and out of town workers. True Hero’s

  3. Sandra on September 19th, 2020 10:15 pm

    I have a brother in law that worked as a lineman. He worked long hard hours after storms and came home feeling so good from the appreciation people showed him. So I always try to let them know we also appreciate what they do for us. “May God bless them all and keep them safe.”

  4. Suzie B on September 19th, 2020 9:09 pm

    Hang in there folks. We were without power 3 1/2 days and ours just came back on 7:15 pm Sat. There are so many trucks and workers out that we saw while driving today. Gas lines aren’t near as long as places are opening back up. Whew! As always, thank you NorthEscambia for keeping us updated with info.

  5. Bridget on September 19th, 2020 8:59 pm

    We saw power trucks on 61st and Brenda Ave. All of 61st is lit up. A few houses on Brenda Ave, but the rest of Brenda Ave and Sandra. Could’ve not hurt the power company working on 61st and Brenda to get power to the rest of us???? I mean less than 50 homes. Seriously??? I thought the power companies were supposed to be working around the clock?

  6. David Simmons on September 19th, 2020 3:31 pm

    Can’t figure it out, yesterday 99 percent of my neighborhood have power, behind Dreamland North, off Kipling Street, but the on a and only block I live on still has no power can’t figure it out needless to say I’m disappointed

  7. Lineman’s Mother-in-law on September 19th, 2020 12:43 pm

    Thank you to all the linemen who do not complain when they get home to homes without power so others can have power. The conditions you all work in are extreme and many selfish people do not understand what y’all have to do in order for them to get power. People just because your neighbor has power doesn’t mean you will at the same time. Your lines may be fed from different areas. So thankful for all the linemen and your hard work.

  8. Joey on September 19th, 2020 12:40 pm

    Golf power is lying about the number of houses with power restored . When we called last nght ,they told us power was restored to our area but that is simply untrue. There were completely unaware of downed power lines on our street even as power trucks drive repeatedly down our street. Shameful!

  9. Skip on September 19th, 2020 10:25 am

    I wanna say thank you for all the men and women that are trying too get the power back on! I’m staying at a motel on Palafox and these employees got up at 430 am skipped the breakfast and got in there trucks.. They are truly amazing

  10. IMHO on September 19th, 2020 10:03 am

    There’s approximately 12 line trucks parked at County Annex in Century. Can’t do anything without replacement power poles and transformers, so they’re waiting just like us

  11. Kpope on September 19th, 2020 9:37 am

    Powerlines are still down near Jake’s road at the church so we still have no power

  12. JustSaying on September 19th, 2020 9:36 am

    Very grateful! EREC has got it going on for sure!

  13. greg on September 19th, 2020 9:23 am

    god bless these workers and keep them safe.

  14. Linewife on September 19th, 2020 8:22 am

    My linemen comes home each night and never ever complains about working or the weather. I can tell he’s so very tired but keeps on pushing threw. I’m very blessed God gave me him, he’s missing his son’s football game today so people can have the this that I myself and a lot of other people thank for granted Everyday. We including myself need to be thankful for what we do have because there’s a lot of people out there that don’t even have a home to power.
    Thank you for everything you do LINEMAN!!! May gd be with you all

  15. Thankful on September 19th, 2020 7:56 am

    Thank you EREC and all the other electric companies helping to restore power. Praying for safety for all.

    We live in Bratt. We do not have power yet. We have neighbors that have power but we are not complaining. We know there is A LOT to restoring power after a storm. We know the linemen are working hard to get ALL power restored. So thankful for their hard work.

  16. Jan on September 19th, 2020 7:48 am

    Great work. Hope you get to us soon! We are still without power according to your website! But so happy you have the rest of our county neighborhood back up and running.

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