More than 4,400 working to rebuild electric system
Crews are working 24/7 – bucket trucks are out working, helicopters and drones are inspecting lines and more supplies arrive today
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
Other Northwest Florida areas
Current outage total as of 11 a.m. CDT
Crews and resources
Less than 24 hours after the storm, thousands of storm personnel from around the country arrived in the Panama City area Thursday for a total of 4,400 working the restoration and rebuilding process. Gulf Power has seven staging sites for Hurricane Michael restoration crews in our hardest hit areas to house these crews.
“This was an unprecedented storm, and our customers will see an unprecedented response from Gulf Power,” said Rogers.
Watch How Power is Restored.
Issues like trees and heavy debris blocking roads, and communications down can slow down the rebuilding and restoration process, but Gulf Power is prepared for this type of storm devastation.
As roads are being made safe, and with a restoration plan is in place, crews are beginning the restoration and rebuilding process. This process begins with transmission lines, which are the larger lines on the taller poles that bring power from Gulf Power’s generating plants to the substations.
Transmission lines are being inspected and repaired and substation crews are inspecting and repairing substations. Substations step down the voltage of the electricity from the power plants to a level that powers homes and businesses.
While any repairs are being made to the substations, crews will be inspecting the distribution lines and beginning the restoration process replacing poles, lines, transformers and more. Distribution lines carry electricity from our substations to homes and businesses.
Gulf Power urges our customers to ensure that safety is a top priority. With extensive damage to critical infrastructure, it is important to keep safety tips at the forefront.
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