SOUTHPORT, Fla. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is currently experiencing a widespread power outage affecting approximately 2,500 to 3,000 of its members. Some repairs have been made and current the number of customers affected in about 400 or less.
Early this morning, a power pole caught fire, which caused power lines to lower to the point that they were caught by a tractor trailer traveling on U. S. Highway 231. GCEC crews have been dispatched to the scene; however, repairs could take several hours.
Members served from the Bayou George North substation, which serves the areas of Bayou George, Highway 388 and Fountain, are affected.
Updates will be provided throughout the repair process. GCEC encourages those traveling on Highway 231 to use extreme caution, avoiding the area if possible, and thanks its members for their understanding and patience as its employees work as quickly, yet as safely, as possible to restore power.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy® national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. More than 70 employees serve more than 20,000 meters and 2,500 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, Lynn Haven, White City, Fountain and Southport.