No word yet on Gulf County

In a little more than four days after Hurricane Michael pummeled Franklin County, and took out power to every household in the county that didn't have a generator, Duke Energy crews have restored electricity to the overwhelming majority of customers in the county.

In a sweep that marched from east to west, the more than 4,000 workers massed at both the Carrabelle and Thompson airports, with jobs that ranged from linemen to cooks, from treetrimmers to custodians, the majority of customers from Alligator Point to Apalachicola, are now receiving power.

A look at www.duke-energy.com/outages shows that as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, only about two dozen customers on St. George Island remained without power.

Estimated power restoration time for Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and Gulf County, have not been announced.

In Bay and Gulf counties, where the center of the hurricane made landfall, causing massive destruction, some parts are difficult to access, and will require extensive reconstruction of the electric system. Duke Energy said power restoration for Florida customers impacted by Hurricane Michael is continuing in all areas that crews are able to access.

The hurricane damaged numerous electric transmission and distribution facilities, including substations, utility poles, power lines and other key system components – all of which will need to be repaired or replaced before power can be restored to individual customers.

Power restoration times in isolated areas might be extended, depending on damage severity.
 
Damaged or flooded properties first might require repairs by a licensed electrician and/or an electrical inspection by local officials before electric service can be restored. This includes properties whose electric meter boxes were damaged.
 
An estimated total of 31,000 Duke Energy Florida customers lost power due to the hurricane. Latest outage numbers can be found here.
 
For storm or power restoration updates, visit
https://www.dukeenergyupdates.com/michael/florida – or follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy).


Power line safety

Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging.
 
Consider all power lines – as well as trees, limbs and anything else in contact with power lines – energized and dangerous.
 
Report power line hazards by calling 800.228.8485.
 
If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
 

People who live along lakes and rivers, and in other low-lying areas or areas prone to flooding, should pay close attention to local emergency management officials, the National Weather Service and local media for information about changing weather conditions and rising lake and river levels.
 
High water conditions can create navigational hazards. The public should use caution and adhere to the advice of local emergency management officials before going on area lakes or rivers.
 
Members of the public who have electrical service to facilities (piers, outside lighting on seawalls, etc.) on or near water, should have this service de-energized to avoid injuries and equipment damage.