Gulf Power crews restoring at night during Tropical Storm Isaias in West Palm Beach, Fla. on August 1, 2020.

PENSACOLA – Gulf  Power’s storm team is on the way back from south Florida today after traveling to join and support its sister company Florida Power & Light’s restoration effort following Hurricane Isaias. Approximately 40,000 FPL customers lost power as Isaias traveled up the east coast of the state. 

Isaias is now moving further up the coast, threatening the Carolina area with landfall later today. 

Nearly  70  Gulf Power  lineworkers  and support personnel were part of the Gulf Power team that traveled Friday to the Palm Beach area to stage before the storm. Gulf Power’s new community response vehicle, which can serve as a mobile command center for the crews as well as a charging station for customers that are without power, traveled with the team as well. 

Gulf Power crews restoring at night during Tropical Storm Isaias in West Palm Beach, Fla. on August 1, 2020.

The Gulf Power team joined around 10,000 personnel from other out-of-state energy companies in the restoration effort. Gulf Power also released  approximately  120  contractors to  assist  the FPL team, including  debris removal  and  power restoration  needs.  Two teams of contract crews are now heading north to North Carolina to aid Dominion Power with restoration. 

Whenever a tropical system threatens the area, we understand how difficult it is, especially now with COVID-19, to be without power,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “That’s why we are always ready to aid fellow utilities, including our sister company Florida Power & Light in these situations. They would do the same for us if the roles were reversed.” 

The crews followed  COVID-19  safety guidelines to keep everyone safe,  including social distancing, increased sanitation measures and wearing masks where appropriate.  In addition, the  crews  planned to be  self-sufficient  to limit contact with other teams.  Signs on trucks helped remind the public to honor the 6feet social distancing requirements that help keep the crews safe while they work.  

Gulf Power crews restoring at night during Tropical Storm Isaias in West Palm Beach, Fla. on August 1, 2020.

“We are in unprecedented times, so we had to take all necessary measures to keep our crews safe and well as they worked to restore power,” Santos added. 

Hurricane  Isaias  is a reminder that we are in  the height of hurricane season. Preparation and safety tips  to ensure you and your family are prepared  are available at  GulfPower.com/storm.