Gulf Coast State College area restored in Panama City
Customers in harder hit areas should prepare for power restoration
Today, the area of Gulf Coast State College east to Michigan Ave. and north of 20th Street has now been restored to 95% of the customers that can safely take power. Gulf Power has restored power to more than 80,000 families and businesses since Hurricane Michael ravaged Northwest Florida, and now has less than 45,000 customers without power.
“Our team of more than 7,200 is now more concentrated in the most severely damaged areas of Bay County, and are working day and night to rebuild the electric system,” said Adrianne Collins, Gulf Power vice president of Power Delivery. “If you live in Bay County you may have seen our crews lining the major thoroughfares restoring power to the main arteries of our distribution system. Completing this work allows us to move into the surrounding neighborhoods so we can continue bringing power to more homes and businesses.”
As Gulf Power continues to energize lines in the hardest hit areas, it is important that customers are also preparing to safely accept power where they are able to do so.
Preparing for power:
Know what you need to repair – Homeowners and businesses are responsible for electrical equipment attached to the house (service stack, attachment hardware, riser and meter box). Gulf Power is responsible for the wire or service line to the house and the electric meter. If the homeowner’s equipment is damaged, repairs will be needed before Gulf Power can connect service. See this graphic for more information.
Keep area near and around power poles clear of debris – As customers clean up from the storm, it is important to keep all debris at least 10 ft. away from all electrical equipment, such as power wires and poles or the green padmount box on the ground (pictured here). It is especially important not to place debris on top of the green padmount box. This can make it difficult for lineworkers to perform connection work and can present a danger during debris removal.
Transfer/Reconnects – For customers that need to transfer their service due to Hurricane Michael, visit GulfPower.com or call 1-800-225-5797. The Account Establishment Charge will be waived for residential customers relocating within Gulf Power's service area due to Hurricane Michael. The AEC will also be waived when the customer reconnects service at the original premise location, following repairs or rebuilding. This does not apply to temporary service poles.
Disconnects – For customers who will no longer be able to safely take power due to severe damage from Hurricane Michael, visit GulfPower.com or call 1-800-225-5797 to disconnect your home.
“We know that restoring power is only one part of the challenge facing many in our community. Customers with relatively less severe storm damage can prepare to safely take power – our hope is for their homes and businesses to be ready when the lines in their area are energized so they can receive power more quickly,” said Collins. “Our mission is to turn on every light possible, and to deliver hope to every member of the community.”
Estimated Restoration Times – View map for a visual of estimated restoration times
*The above estimated restoration times are for 95% of Gulf Power customers that can safely accept electric service. As work progresses, we will continue to update and adjust estimated restoration times for specific areas.
Restored – Gulf Power customers are 95% restored in the following areas:
Current storm-related outage total as of 2 p.m. CDT