Gulf Power says power will be restored by Tuesday

Gulf Power sent out this press release late last night:

Gulf Power restores more than 40% of customers impacted within the first day of Hurricane Sally’s exit from its service area; heavy traffic and closed and damaged roads and bridges present challenges

  • While many customers will be restored before this date, we expect 95% of customers who can receive power in the hardest-hit areas, including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, to be restored by the end of Tuesday, Sept. 22
  • Gulf Power will aim to provide more localized restoration estimates for each county on Saturday, Sept. 19
  • Localized areas of devastation, downed trees, flooding and damaged or closed roads are impacting ability to restore power
  • A workforce of 7,000 committed to the power restoration effort
  • Sister company Florida Power & Light has provided approximately 1,800 employees and contractors who are already restoring power to customers
  • Gulf Power urges customers to keep the roads clear for restoration crews, and avoid downed power lines, flooding and debris
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Gulf Power Thursday announced that as of 8:00 PM CDT, it had restored power to more than 126,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sally. Currently, approximately 157,000 customers are 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.”