Thousands Loose Power on a Chilly Sunday

Many Panama City Beach residents spent much of the day Sunday without power.

Gulf Power spokesmen say part of a transmission line to the Hathaway substation blew out around 9 o'clock Sunday morning. This resulted in a large portion of the eastern end of Panama City Beach losing power.

Bay County sheriff's deputies spent much of the morning directing traffic because of inoperative traffic lights. Power was finally restored around four o'clock Sunday afternoon.

That was no comfort for many local businesses. One businessman loosing out was Robert Sanderson of Papa John’s Pizza.

“With the championships going on today on TV, the football fans who like the pizza and the buffalo wings are going to be without for a little bit until we get the ovens going.”

The outages affected several thousand Gulf Power customers. Those were primarily in the heavily populated Thomas Drive, North Lagoon Drive and Magnolia Beach Road areas.