In less than 48 hours, crews have restored power to more than 37,235 Gulf Power customers in the wake of Hurricane Michael, and more than 4,400 storm personnel have been mobilized and have already begun working in the hardest hit areas.
“All of our crews are out working and customers will be seeing more bucket trucks in the hardest hit areas,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson. “We also have drones and helos in the air today to provide us with more detailed reports of our system by the end of today.”
Hardest hit areas
Customers in the hardest hit areas should prepare to be without power for weeks. Gulf Power has not given an estimated restoration time for the hardest hit areas, which include Bay, Holmes, Washington and Jackson counties.
Initial evaluations by Gulf Power indicate widespread, heavy damage to the electrical system in the Panama City area.
More than 4,000 customers were restored on Panama City Beach Thursday night.
Planes have flown nearly 300 miles of Gulf Power transmission corridors to inspect damage.
Along with 1,000 power poles that are ready to be installed, 800 more will be delivered today.
Other Northwest Florida areas
All storm-related outages in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties have been restored.
All storm-related outages in Sandestin/Miramar Beach has been restored.
All storm-related outages in Ponce de Leon have been fully restored.
All storm-related outages in DeFuniak Springs have been fully restored.