Gulf Power gives $200K to Michael relief as grid work nears finish line
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands of utility workers who have pitched in on Gulf Power’s efforts to get service restored in the Florida Panhandle, but for the many homes and businesses destroyed by Hurricane Michael fixing the grid won’t fix the problem.
Michael left hundreds of thousands without power when it tore through Northwest Florida on Oct. 10, including more than 125,000 Gulf Power customers.
After two weeks of around-the-clock work by Gulf Power employees and thousands of linemen and support personnel from around the state and country, there are only a couple pockets of Bay County that still in the dark.
Gulf Power is still on track to get more than 95 percent of its customers in the western Panama City area back online by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The final batch of ratepayers — those living in and around Callaway, Springfield and Parker — will have their lights back on by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
But even after the final downed power poll is replaced and the final switch is flipped, thousands will still be feeling the devastation brought about by the Category 4 storm.
“This is a long path