Gulf Power keeping a watchful eye on Alberto
Gulf Power is closely monitoring Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico, the first named tropical system of 2018 forecast to approach Northwest Florida this Memorial Day weekend. The storm is expected to bring the threat of heavy rain and flash flooding to a large area of the Southeast and Northwest Florida lasting into early next week.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s tropical weather outlook, the system is expected to become a tropical storm late Saturday or early Sunday.
“Customers should always prepare for the possibility of losing power for an extended period when tropical storm force winds and storm surge or flooding occurs,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson. “Nevertheless, our crews stand at the ready to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”
Last hurricane season proved to be extremely busy with Hurricanes Harvey and Maria — along with Irma and Nate which impacted Florida in a span of one month.
“Our teams rapidly deployed to restore power when tropical force winds from Irma knocked out service to 13,000 customers in the Panama City area, and again during Hurricane Nate when we restored more than 38,000 outages in 24 hours. We train year-round for these types of a scenarios and deploy crews to different areas across the Southeast to help others restore power. That training and developing of skills has really paid off in helping us quickly and safely get our customers’ power back on.”
As a part of Southern Company, Gulf Power has extra backing and resources from Georgia Power, Alabama Power and Mississippi Power should they be needed.
Even though Gulf Power’s customers haven’t experienced a major storm in more than 10 years, the energy provider’s crews have had plenty of storm restoration practice — they’ve traveled more than 40 times to 14 different states since 2008, assisting in power restoration efforts.
Customers can get more storm preparation information on the Gulf Power Storm Ready Center webpage.
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