All of St. George Island in the Dark

The Franklin County Commission has declared a state of emergency as a precaution for St. George Island after a water spout knocked out all electricity to the island Thursday afternoon.

Butch Baker, the Franklin County Emergency Management Director, says a water spout in Apalachicola Bay tore down seven of the structures supporting the power line to the island at mid afternoon.

Progress Energy Corporation has started repairs, but Baker says there no time frame for when the power could be restored. Baker says St. George Island could be without electricity one, two or three days. No one knows just yet.

In the meantime, Progress Energy is bringing in large generators to hook to a substationm and restore power on a temporary basis while permanent repairs are made.

About 2,000 people live on the island at peak times.