1 MILLION People without Power After Hurricane Michael

By | 2018-10-11T17:50:12+00:00 October 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

The news is reporting that 1 MILLION People without Power After Hurricane Michael struck Florida. Hurricane Michael made landfall as a very strong Category 4 storm at Panama City, Florida. Winds at impact were just 1 MPH less than a Category 5 which is the strongest hurricane. Hurricane Michael is the 2 most powerful storm to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew slammed into southern Florida back in 1992.

It’s been reported that some 1 million people in Florida panhandle are without power with no word on how long it will take to restore power to residents. 6 deaths caused by the storm (at the time of this writing) have been reported. The death toll is expected to rise as more information becomes available.

The state-by-state electric grid outage count so far, according to Data Fusion’s tracking service:

  • Florida: 307,710 (down from 320,166 this morning)

  • North Carolina: 297,723 (up from nearly none)

  • Georgia: 211,180 (down from 332,182 this morning)

  • Alabama: 53,068 (down from 71,392)

  • South Carolina: 44,387 (down from 70,907)

  • Virginia: 36,817 (up from nearly none)

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The damage and devastation is extensive. Homes ripped from their foundation and debris and downed tress are scattered about the area. Utility crews are working diligently to restore power and rescue crews are pulling people from the rubble.

Here is a list of outage maps in the area:

Gulf Power
Gulf Power Outage Map

City of Tallahassee Utilities 
City of Tallahassee Utilities Outage Map

Talquin Electric 
Talquin Electric Outage Map

Duke Energy
Duke Energy Outage Map

Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative
Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Outage Map

Tri-County Electric Cooperative 
Tri-County Electric Cooperative Outage Map

Florida Power and Light 
Florida Power and Light Outage Map

Georgia Power 
Georgia Power Outage Map

Here are the numbers to call to report a power outage:

  • Gulf Power: 1-800-487-6937
  • Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485
  • Florida Power & Light: 1-800-468-8243
  • Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative: 1-800-752-0025
  • Talquin Electric: 1-888-802-1832
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative: 1-800-999-2285
  • City of Tallahassee Utilities: 1-850-891-4968 or 711
  • Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938

Here are some safety tips to help you protect yourself during a power outage:

  • Stay away from fallen power lines as well as anything in contact with the lines.

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges

  • Check on family members, neighbors and make a plan to move them to a safe location in case an extended power outage occurs

  • Report all outages and hazards to your utility provider

    SOURCE: MyPanHandle.com – Gulf Power: Some could be without electricity for weeks

Millions of people have been affected by this powerful storm. If you’d like to help, please contact local officials and authorities, please do NOT travel to these locations unless you are part of the official rescue/recovery effort because it could put first responders and rescuers and authorities in dangerous position if you get into trouble.

Hurricane Survival References:

These links are here to help you if you’re caught in this devastation and will help you prepare for the next big storm.

READY.GOV – Hurricane Survival
NOAA WEATHER – Hurricane Preparedness
NOAA – Hurricane Prep Guide (PDF Download)
NOAA – Hurricane Survival Video
RED CROSS – Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF Download)
WEATHER.GOV – Hurricane Safety Tips & Resources

MORE UPDATES ON HURRICANE MICHAEL TO COME

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