PENSACOLA, Fla. – With another round of severe weather forecast for Thursday, Gulf Power stands ready to respond should outages occur.
“While we are hopeful that the severe weather passes us over, we have plans in place and stand ready to respond to any power outages,” said Mike Spoor, vice president of power deliver for Gulf Power. “We have additional crews on standby to assist, and can move our lineworkers and support personnel around where there is the most damage. Should we need additional assistance, we can bring in more contractors or even resources from our sister company, Florida Power & Light, as we did earlier this week.”
Gulf Power completed restoration efforts earlier this week after overnight storms and a tornado on Sunday knocked out power to nearly 24,000 customers, mainly in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Numerous trees were blown down and about 50 broken poles had to be replaced.
Spoor cautioned that the earlier storm has weakened other trees that did not come down and could cause issues in this storm.
“We understand how challenging it is to be without electricity, especially in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and we assure you that we will work around the clock to restore power safely and as quickly as possible,” Spoor said.
- If you lose power, the outage map is the best way to check on the status of your outage; enter your address and the map will provide the most up-to-date estimate of when your service will be restored.
- You can get to the outage map by visiting map.gulfpower.com, or through your mobile Gulf Power app. You can also report your outage through the Gulf Power app or by visiting GulfPower.com
- We’ll continue to update the outage map as power restoration continues.
- Connect with us on social media as frequent updates and critical information will be shared. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter are the primary tools.
- If Gulf Power crews are in your neighborhood, please observe social distancing measures to protect them and all of our customers.
- Please stay away from all downed wires. Even if you think they may be phone or cable television wires, stay away from all downed lines. If you see a downed power line, call 911.
- Keep your refrigerator and/or freezer closed as much as possible while your power is out to keep things cold.
Other preparation and safety tips to ensure you and your family are prepared for severe weather are available at GulfPower.com/Storm.