PENSACOLA, Fla. – More than 175 Gulf Power lineworkers, support personnel and contractors are in South Florida, assisting our sister company, Florida Power & Light, with outages associated with Tropical Storm Eta, which has lashed the southern part of the state with high winds and flooding rains.
Other Gulf Power employees are assisting FPL with restoration efforts such as staging site logistics, while still others are supporting remotely from Northwest Florida.
“FPL provided huge support to us when Hurricane Sally and Tropical Storm Zeta hit our area, so we’re happy to assist our teammates as they restore power to those affected by Eta,” said Marlene Santos, president of Gulf Power. “But even as we do this, we are keeping a watchful eye on the track of the storm and we are prepared. Should the predicted path of Eta change toward Northwest Florida, we’ll pull our team back to Northwest Florida to support restoring power to our customers who may be impacted.”
This is the seventh trip that Gulf Power employees have made this year to assist other utilities with storm restoration. Gulf Power traveled in April after severe storms left many in Alabama without power. The team assisted Entergy in Louisiana twice following Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Gulf Power crews also traveled south in support of FPL when Hurricane Isaias brushed the eastern coastline of Florida, and then sent a team to New Jersey when that same hurricane hit the Northeast. Just last week, a team assisted Alabama Power following Hurricane Zeta.
The crews will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep everyone safe, including social distancing, increased sanitation measures and wearing masks where appropriate.
Hurricane Season officially ends Nov. 30 and Gulf Power reminds customers to continue to stay vigilant and be prepared. Preparation and safety tips to ensure you and your family are prepared are available at GulfPower.com/storm.