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Gulf Power already responding to power outages due to early effects of Hurricane Sally

Staff Report

WASHINGTON COUNTY- Gulf Power already responding to power outages around the gulf coast and in the county due to early effects of Hurricane Sally and will continue to restore power as long as it is safe to do so.

Additional workers from sister company Florida Power & Light and other electric companies have been secured and are positioning to help restore power as long as it’s safe

Gulf Power is urging customers to be prepared for potential power outages and flooding as Hurricane Sally nears the Gulf Coast. Based upon the current forecast path, intensity and Gulf Power's historical data, the company estimates that customers throughout the Panhandle could experience power outages due to this dangerous storm. 

Gulf Power

“As the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come onshore, we understand the anxiety many of our customers are feeling and want to reassure them that we’re ready to respond during these unprecedented times,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “We have a restoration workforce of more than 2,000 secured, and our team has been restoring power since the first bands of severe weather began to hit overnight. We will continue to work as long as it’s safe. You have our commitment that we’ll work around the clock after the storm clears until all customers have power again.” 

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, our plan includes many precautionary measures for the safety of our customers and our restoration workforce. This includes daily health screenings for restoration personnel, personal protective equipment and social distancing as much as possible. We want to remind customers to please stay at least 6 ft. away from our restoration crews to ensure safety for all.