(WJHG) -- Here are resources to stay updated on power, water boil notices, curfew and other important information.
West Florida Electric says they are aware of all power outages. They won’t be able to get power to a majority of their 28,000 customers for at least two more weeks. Some could be longer if there’s extensive damage.
We are finding that the best way to find gas in your area is through Gas Buddy. Unfortunately, the website does not indicate what payment methods are being accepted. If you do find a place that sells gas, please let us know on our Twitter feed using the hashtag #wjhgmichael. Information on payment methods being accepted and purchase limits are appreciated!
Update from Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative:
Power has been restored to 2,923 members in Bay, Walton and Washington Counties. This represents 14 percent of our total system, which serves 20,815 meters. Our crews are being assisted by nearly 350 crewmen from sister cooperatives and contractors. That number is expected to increase to more than 600 by week’s end. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we undergo the monumental task of power restoration.
Update from Gulf Power:
Gulf Power announced that more than 95 percent of customers who can receive power in Panama City Beach east of Highway 79 to the Hathaway Bridge have been restored 18 hours before estimated restoration time.
This brings the total number of customers who have been restored since Hurricane Michael to about 62,000. Work will continue around the clock as crews repair and rebuild the electric infrastructure in the areas severely affected by the wrath of Hurricane Michael.
Gulf Power provided the following estimates of other restoration dates:
- Caryville, Bonifay, Chipley, Campbellton, Graceville areas by October 17 at 11:59 p.m.
- Vernon, Sunny Hills areas by October 18 at 11:59 p.m.
- Cypress and Apalachee areas by October 19 at 11:59 p.m.
- Lynn Haven, Callaway, Panama City, Parker areas by October 24 at 11:59 p.m.
Update from West Florida Electric Cooperative
The West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) electric distribution system has experienced significant damage due to Hurricane Michael. The cooperative serves approximately 28,317 meters in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson & Washington Counties. So far, the cooperative has restored power to 3,112 meters in Jackson County; 4,974 meters in Holmes County; 2,808 meters in Washington County, but unfortunately, no meters in Calhoun County. That is because the transmission lines that feed the Altha substation are severely damaged. Today the co-op has had a very productive day and power was restored to 4,473 members. This brings the total number of members who have had power restored to 10,894. At this time, 17,423 members throughout the co-op’s service area remain without power.
After additional damage assessments in the hardest hit areas of our service territory, which are northern Calhoun County and portions of Jackson County, the co-op regretfully informs members in those areas that it could be as long as thirty days before power is restored. The cooperative continues to restore power in other areas daily and will keep you posted on the restoration progress.
For a map of the most current power outages, click here
Boil water notices
Here is a list of all the active boil water notices: click here
Bay County reopened
All checkpoints have been lifted, but normal supports in the Panama City area are limited.
Panama City Beach is under a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew to allow utility crews to safely wrap up their work at the end of the day.
Gas availability is improving for Panama City Beach.
Those who want to return to the area should know that travel is challenging and all vehicles on the road potentially are impeding the work of the first responders and power crews.
Officials are in the process of resolving known issues throughout the area, but resources are extremely limited (gas, ice, tires etc.). There's still no power or water in town and very sporadic cell service.
The county is still under a 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew. If you evacuated and can stay away for a few more days, the situation is guaranteed to continue to improve before you return. If you must return, please know that it is challenging to move around.
Bay County curfew
6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Panama City garbage collection will start Monday, October 15 for regular household garbage. It will take a few days for crews to make their way through the city. They will not follow a normal schedule.
If your blue can is missing or damaged, please call 850-872-3172 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to request a new one.
If there are low hanging power lines or debris blocking your street, Crews won't be able to collect garbage, but will come back once their trucks can get down the road.
Several mobile toilets were setup throughout Panama City Beach for public use. They are located at: Chevron at Joan Avenue and North Lagoon, Rick Seltzer Park (7419 Thomas Drive), Winn Dixie at Magnolia Beach Road and Thomas Drive, Lindsey Furniture parking lot (Thomas and Hwy 98), Big Daddy Drive on the Old Tiki Bar, and Lagoon Mart at North Lagoon.
Calhoun County curfew
7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
The Chipola River is expected to crest on Tuesday morning just below major flood stage. There will be large amounts of debris moving swiftly in the rising waters.
Franklin County curfew
Sunset to sunrise
Gadsden County curfew
7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Gulf County curfew
Sunset to sunrise
Gulf County is now open to all traffic with the exception of Cape San Blas. Per the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, a valid photo ID with your residence address OR an electricity bill is required for entry to Cape San Blas.
Jackson County curfew
7 a.m. 10 Oct 2018 until 7 a.m. 11 Oct 2018
Liberty County curfew
Only essential personnel are allowed on the roadways until further notice
Washington County curfew
7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Getting information about loved ones
You can request information about the conditions of loved ones who may have been impacted by Hurricane Michael using this form: Click here
You can mark yourself safe or search for loved ones through the Red Cross: Click here
You can report debris to the State Emergency Response Team by filling out this form: Click here
There also is a free Hurricane Michael home cleanup hotline. Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed.
Florida 511 has real time traffic information available by clicking here
Florida Highway Patrol has an updated map with the latest reports on road conditions. Click here to view
Click here for another traffic map. It's provided and maintained by Florida State Emergency Response Team Geographic Information Systems.
State Assistance Information Line (SAIL)
Call the toll-free hotline at 800-342-3557 to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Michael recovery.
SAIL is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.
Florida 511 - Get up-to-the-minute, real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the State of Florida with Florida 511.
FEMA - mobile app
Red Cross - mobile apps