Gulf Power says 4,400 power pros working 24/7 on Panhandle restoration
The platoon of power professionals working to get electricity restored in the Florida Panhandle has jumped to 4,400 according to Gulf Power, the region’s major utility company.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, more than 400,000 utility customers in Florida were without power, and about a third of those were Gulf Power Customers. The company quickly got 25,000 customers back online and announced Thursday night that it had hit the 32,000-customer mark, including more than 4,000 in the Panama City area.
In its Friday morning update, Gulf Power said crews have restored power to more than 37,000 customers and more than 4,400 storm personnel have been mobilized and have already begun working in the hardest hit areas. The larger bucket trucks had to wait to be deployed until after cleanup crews had cleared roadways of debris.
“All of our crews are out working and customers will be seeing more bucket trucks in the hardest hit areas,” Gulf Power spox Jeff Rogers said. “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.”
The company said it has 1,000 power