Free Case Of Bottled Water Available Saturday Morning In Cantonment

September 18, 2020

Free bottled water will be available in Cantonment Saturday morning.

Each family can receive one case of bottled water from 10 a.m. until at Pinewoods Presbyterian Church at 2195 Highway 297A (just south of Kingsfield Road).

Anyone can receive the water, which will be distributed in drive thru fashion. Volunteers will be following CDC guidelines.

The water is provided by Michelle Salzman, Pinewoods Presbyterian and the Lewis Bear Company.

Update: Status Of Power Restoration In Escambia, Santa Rosa

September 18, 2020

Here’s a midday report on power restoration efforts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Gulf Power Company

Gulf Power has restored service for half of those that lost power in Hurricane Sally. Midday, there were 99,988  customers out in Escambia County and 25,300 in Santa Rosa County. There were 227,150 out immediately after the storm. Gulf Power said all customers than can receive power should be back on by the end of day Tuesday, September 22, but many will be before that date.

Escambia River Electric

Escambia River Electric has restored 41% of their outages. There are currently 5,936 outages – 3,182 in Escambia County and 2,754 in Santa Rosa.

“We appreciate our members’ patience as crews work around the clock making power system repairs. Restoration efforts will not stop until everyone’s electricity has been restored,” EREC Vice President Sabrina Owens said.

Immediately after the storm, 95% of EREC customers were without power, included all members in Escambia County.

Gulf Power Expects To Restore Most Customers By Tuesday; EREC Restores Thousands

September 18, 2020

Gulf Power Company and Escambia River Electric Cooperative continue to restore power to those left in the dark by Hurricane Sally.

Gulf Power Company

In just one day, Gulf Power Company had restored 40% of the customers impacted by Hurricane Sally, but the company said heavy traffic combined with closed and damaged roads and bridges was slowing progress.

Based on initial assessments of the hardest-hit areas, Gulf Power expects 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. Many customers will be restored before this date, and the company hopes to narrow down more specifics by Saturday.

By Thursday night, Gulf had restored service to more than 126,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sally. That left approximately 157,000 customers without electricity mainly in the hardest hit areas of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

“We know that in the wake of a hurricane customers want to know when they will get their lights back on,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “Our crews worked throughout the night and day restoring power and conducting assessments of damage to the energy grid so we could provide the best estimates of power restoration for our customers. We have a workforce of 7,000 committed to restoring power and you have our commitment that we will continue to work around the clock until every customer is restored.”

Escambia River Electric

About 95% of Escambia River Electric Cooperative customers lost power after Hurricane Sally — including every EREC member in Escambia County. All total 10,919 of 11,463 EREC customers lost power.

“EREC’s power system took a heavy hit from Hurricane Sally,” said EREC spokesperson Sabrina Owens. “Crews are working nonstop making repairs to our electrical system. Line personnel from other co-ops are assisting our crews in a massive restoration effort.”

Transmission lines to the Bratt and Oak Grove power substations were repaired Thursday, which immediately brought several hundred service addressed back online.

As of early Friday morning, there were 6,403 EREC customers — about 56% — still without power.

“We appreciate your patience, and we want members to know that work will not stop until everyone’s electricity has been restored,” Owens said.

Florida Attorney General Expands Price Gouging Hotline Due To Hurricane Sally

September 18, 2020

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has expanded Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline to receive reports of price increases on essential commodities in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

Florida’s price gouging laws only apply within the areas of the declared state of emergency — including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties — and only for commodities and services essential to recovering from the storm event.

During a storm-related declared state of emergency, state law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment, needed as a direct result of the event. Anyone who suspects price gouging should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by using the NO SCAM app or by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM. The Attorney General’s NO SCAM app can be downloaded for free through Apple and Android stores by searching NO SCAM.

Pictured: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks with Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan (above) and County Administrator Janice Gilley (below) during a visit to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Extended Hours For Debris Disposal At Perdido Landfill, Oak Grove Convenience Center

September 18, 2020

There will be extended hours for debris and waste disposal on Friday and Saturday at the Perdido Landfill, Oak Grove Citizens Convenience Center and Palafox Transfer Station.

The special hours will be:

Perdido Landfill – 13009 Beulah Rd., Cantonment

  • 09/18 – Commercial: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   -    Residential: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 09/19 – Commercial: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   -    Residential: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Oak Grove Citizens Convenience Center (Residential Only) – 745 North Highway 99 , Walnut Hill

  • 09/18 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – (Until further notice, please observe regular volume limits)

Palafox Transfer Station (Commercial Only) – 2906 N. Palafox St., Pensacola,

  • 09/18 – CLOSED
  • 09/19 – 5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Here Is The Latest Escambia County Post Hurricane Sally Information Update

September 17, 2020

Here is the latest post Hurricane Sally update from Escambia County. It is a very long post, but contains a lot of valuable information.

  • A 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been issued for Escambia County due to Hurricane Sally, effective at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 16. This curfew includes the City of Pensacola.
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, AL at 4:45 a.m. as a Category 2 with sustained winds of 105 mph and gusts 120+ mph.
  • Escambia County sustained substantial damage due to wind and flooding.
  • Officials are working to assess flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Sally. Everyone is encouraged to continue to shelter in place for as long as it remains safe to do so. Roadways are likely not safe for travel. There has been road damage in the county.
  • Escambia County is working closely with State and Federal partners to assist in response and have requested multiple assets and personnel.
  • Pensacola Energy asks the public to call 850-474-5307 if you smell gas.
  • The Citizen Information Line is available 24 hours a day for residents to call with questions or concerns at: (850) 471-6600
  • Everyone is encouraged to follow

Curfew Continues In Escambia County For The Next Two Nights

September 17, 2020

A county-wide curfew will be in place the next three nights in Escambia County, including Pensacola and Century, due to Hurricane Sally.

The curfew will be from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Officials will reassess the curfew on Friday.

Law enforcement will have roadblocks in place at some major roadways. The City of Pensacola is relying on voluntary compliance, and residents will be expected to follow the curfew.

Essential workers are not restricted by the curfew, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Rubio, Scott Want To Keep U.S. On Daylight Savings Time This Year

September 17, 2020

Florida Republican senators Ricks Scott and Marco Rubio have introduced legislation at would keep the United States on Daylight Saving Time (DST) through November 7, 2021.

By preventing the United States from “falling back” to Standard Time in six weeks, Americans would also avoid changing clocks in March 2021 when the United States typically springs forward into DST.

“The bill would provide one year of stability for families who are already dealing with enough change with virtual learning, work from home, and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has placed into our daily lives,” according to a press release from Rubio.

“Our government has asked a lot of the American people over the past seven months, and keeping the nation on Daylight Saving Time is just one small step we can take to help ease the burden,” Rubio said. “More daylight in the after school hours is critical to helping families and children endure this challenging school year. Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, and while I believe we should make it permanent all year around, I urge my colleagues to — at the very least — work with me to avoid changing the clocks this fall.”

“After months of staying inside amid the coronavirus pandemic, families across the nation could use a little more sunshine and time to enjoy all that Florida has to offer,” Scott said. “I signed legislation as Governor to continue Daylight Saving Time year-round for Floridians, and I’m glad to join Senator Rubio to lead this effort in Congress.”

Recognizing legislative days prior to November 1 are limited, Senator Rubio will “Rule 14” the bill, which means the bill will bypass the Senate Committee on Commerce and be placed directly on the Senate calendar.

In March 2019, Senator Rubio re-introduced the Sunshine Protection Act, legislation that would make DST permanent across the country. The bill reflects the Florida legislature’s 2018 enactment of year-round DST; however, for Florida’s change to apply, a change in the federal statute is required. 11 other states —Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Arkansas, Alabama, and Wyoming — have passed similar laws, and dozens more are looking. In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly passed a proposition to authorize the state legislature to move to permanent DST.

Curfew In Effect For Escambia County For The Next Three Nights

September 16, 2020

A county-wide curfew will be in place the next three nights in Escambia County, including Pensacola and Century, due to Hurricane Sally.

The curfew will be from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Officials will reassess the curfew on Friday.

Law enforcement will have roadblocks in place at some major roadways. The City of Pensacola is relying on voluntary compliance, and residents will be expected to follow the curfew.

Essential workers are not restricted by the curfew, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Almost All Of Escambia, Santa Rosa Counties Left Without Power

September 16, 2020

Almost all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were left without power following Hurricane Sally.

Here are the numbers from both counties as of Wednesday later afternoon:

Gulf Power reported  145,920 outages among 153,000 customers in Escambia County; and 48,890 outages out of 74,200 customers  in Santa Rosa County.

Escambia River Electric (EREC) reported 10,919 outages out of 11,463 total customers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Both utilities said they are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

File photo.

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