Progress Being Made to Restore Electricity

About three-fourths of the customers who lost electric power from Hurricane Ivan now have their lights back on in the Florida Panhandle.

More than 443,000 customers lost power when the hurricane blew through last week. The state now says about 76 percent are back in business, thanks to a huge influx of power crews from within and outside the affected area.

Escambia County remains the biggest challenge, where about half the customers are still in the dark, but 58 percent are back on in neighboring Santa Rosa County.

There are still a few customers needing power in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, but counties to the east of there, including Bay County, have all electric service now restored.