Gulf Power and Electric Cooperatives Making Great Strides in Getting the Power Back On

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

More than 443,000 customers lost power when Hurricane Ivan blew through eight days ago. Seventy-six percent of them are now back in business thanks largely to a big influx of power crews from outside the affect area, some coming over 1,000 miles to help out.

Escambia County, the Pensacola area remains the biggest challenge, where about half the customers are still in the dark.

The lights are back on for about 58 percent of power company customers in neighboring Santa Rosa County.

Also, there are still a couple of hundred customers without power in Walton and Okaloosa Counties.