Turning the Power Back On

The West Florida Electric Cooperative and the Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative have restored power to all of their customers who had been without electricity since Ivan made landfall last week.

Those two co-ops serve areas in Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington, Bay and Holmes Counties.

Gulf Power company says it has just over half of its customers back on line. Gulf Power covers counties from Pensacola to Panama City and north to Sneads, Chipley and parts of Defuniak Springs.

Most of the service in Panama City and other areas of the east end of the Panhandle now have electricity. However, areas to the west around Pensacola, Milton Navarre and Ft. Walton Beach have many Gulf Power customers still in the dark.

Choctawhatcee Electric Cooperative says 80 percent of its customers are back on line. Most of that 20 percent still without power are in north Walton and north Okaloosa Counties.