All Florida Panhandle Power Restored to Hurricane Ivan Areas

The state of Florida says electric power has finally been restored to all areas of the Panhandle hit by Hurricane Ivan two weeks ago.

More than 443,000 customers lost power when Ivan pushed across the western Panhandle. The hardest-hit areas were Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, with most served by Gulf Power.

At one point over 70,000 Gulf Power customers in Bay County were without power after the storm. Those figures topped over a half million customers throughout the Panhandle for both Gulf Power and electric cooperative customers.

The utilities sent more than 5,000 workers from 23 states and Canada to repair downed lines. The state says power has been restored to all in a condition to receive it, though some areas like Pensacola Beach are still too damaged.

Some of the crews who worked in the Panhandle have been sent to the peninsula to help the thousands still without power a week after Hurricane Jeanne.