According to the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), approximately 16,500 north Florida public power utility customers remain without power following Hurricane Michael. Power restoration efforts continue day and night. Significant progress has been in the City of Tallahassee, which is 90 percent restored (approximately 10,000 customers are without power), and in the Town of Havana, 100 percent of customers who can accept power have been restored.
The cities of Quincy and Chattahoochee restored transmission lines yesterday enabling power restoration efforts to progress to essential facilities followed by business and residential customers. Currently, 74 percent of Chattahoochee’s customers are without power and 84 percent of Quincy’s customers are without power.
In preparation for Hurricane Michael’s expected arrival to North Florida, OUC sent 21 employees and 17 trucks on a mutual aid mission to Tallahassee’s municipal electric utility. As soon as it was safe to begin work early this morning, they were out in the field.
The crews include damage assessors with expertise in helping prioritize power restoration as well as five three-man line crews, prepared to work 16-hour days.
They have already restored hundreds of customers, if not more – including a medical facility. They are rebuilding infrastructure including setting new poles and hanging conductor wire.
We do not know how long they will be deployed at this time.
The OUC crews include: Jody Rodgers, Roger Hull, Jeff Lewchanin, Damon Adkinson, Donnie Hurley, Bill Bauknight, Matt Coakley, Jason Reynolds, Justin Restituyo, Mike Atout, Mark Fisher, Mitch Coakley, Richard Boley, Brian Barnett, Timothy Wills, Nick Rawlings, Nicholas Emmons, Eva Reyes, Mike Galloway, Dallas Aldridge and Tyler Brooks.
With power still out to nearly 350,000 utility customers in Northwest Florida after Hurricane Michael, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said crews continue to be needed to clear roads and rights-of-way for utility workers.
“We are doing everything we can to help our utility companies to get the power back on. We have some push crews that we’ve offered to all of the utilities to make sure they can get the power back on,” Scott told reporters outside the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee before heading for tours of Mexico Beach and Marianna.
Extremely strong Category 4 Hurricane Michael cut a path of destruction across north Florida that caused significant damage to the electric systems of five of Florida’s public power utilities, including the City of Quincy, City of Chattahoochee, City of Blountstown, City of Tallahassee and Town of Havana.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) is reporting 100 percent of customers in the cities of Quincy, Chattahoochee and Blountstown and Town of Havana are without power. Once transmission to those communities is restored, some customers will begin to come back online. The City of Tallahassee, which has 76 percent of its customers without power, had a significant percent of its transmission lines and substations out. Crews in Tallahassee are working to restore those, along with critical care facilities, first.
Through the American Public Power Association mutual aid network, the Florida Municipal Electric Association has arranged for 440 power restoration personnel from 14 states to assist Florida public power communities following Hurricane Michael. Tree resources, including another 100 personnel and trucks, have also been secured.
Assisting north Florida public power communities are crews from 60 public power and investor-owned utilities in:
- Rhode Island
In anticipation of widespread power outages following Hurricane Michael, Kissimmee Utility Authority today sent crews and equipment to Tallahassee to assist with storm restoration.
KUA deployed 10 linemen and a convoy of vehicles and supplies to Florida’s capital city where they will stage safely overnight as the city of Tallahassee prepares for storm landfall on Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Scott and electric utilities say they are poised for a quick response to Hurricane Michael, which officials say could be the strongest storm to hit the Panhandle in decades, causing life-threatening storm surge and putting some areas in the dark for more than a week.
As rains from the powerful storm started to reach the Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon, about 15,000 workers lined up by Gulf Power, Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light and public utilities have been positioned to respond to anticipated widespread outages.