Gulf Power is closely monitoring the Gulf of Mexico as the second tropical storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is quickly moving across the northern Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rain from Panama City to Pensacola. The storm is expected to make landfall along the Mississippi coastal area as a hurricane tonight and will bring with it the threat of heavy rain and flash flooding to a large area of the Southeast and across Northwest Florida.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Gordon is quickly heading toward a landfall tonight along the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with hurricane warnings stretching from Mississippi to the Florida-Alabama state line. Locally, customers in Pensacola can expect heavy rain of 6-8 inches, while in Panama City, rainfall amount of 2 to 5 inches can be expected.
With the threat of heavy rain and winds, if the storm were to impact Northwest Florida, Gulf Power crews stand at the ready to restore power.
“Customers should always prepare for the possibility of losing power for an extended period when tropical storm force winds and storm surge or flooding occurs,” said Rick DelaHaya, Gulf Power spokesperson.
“Nevertheless, our crews stand at the ready to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”
Last hurricane season proved to be extremely busy with Hurricanes Harvey and Maria — along with Irma and Nate — which impacted Florida in a span of one month.
“Our teams rapidly deployed to restore power when tropical force winds from Irma knocked out service to 13,000 customers in the Panama City area, and again during Hurricane Nate when we restored more than 38,000 outages in 24 hours,” DelaHaya added. “We train year-round for these types of scenarios and deploy crews to different areas across the Southeast to help others restore power. That training and developing of skills has really paid off in helping us quickly and safely get our customers’ power back on.”
Learn how Gulf Power restores power after a storm or incident:
As a part of Southern Company, Gulf Power has extra backing and resources from Georgia Power, Alabama Power and Mississippi Power should they be needed.
Even though Gulf Power customers haven’t experienced a major storm in more than 10 years, the energy provider’s crews have had plenty of storm restoration practice — they’ve traveled more than 40 times to 14 different states since 2008, assisting in power restoration efforts.
Customers can get more storm preparation information on the Gulf Power Storm Ready Center webpage.
How customers can connect with us:
- To get the latest updates on outages, customers can download Gulf Power’s app and access the outage map for the latest restoration information. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android. Just search for “Gulf Power” in iTunes or the Google Play Store.
- Customers should follow Gulf Power on social media to receive updates on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter before, during and after the storm.
- Sign up for free Power Out alerts through your cell phone by texting REG to MyGulf (694853). Or, visit the Preference Center in the My Account area of MyGulfPower.com to choose whether to receive texts, emails or phone calls with outage updates.
- Gulf Power knows when your power is out. For updated information, make sure you check out the Gulf Power outage map. You can also call 1-800-487-6937 if you have any questions about your outage.