PRNewswire 13-Oct-2018 1:52 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy continues to update restoration times for the 20,000 remaining customers without power in the Florida Panhandle.
Affected customers can access an online map that will give real-time information as restoration times are updated.
More than 4,500 transmission, vegetation and lineworkers are working the Panhandle and hardest hit areas to restore service.
The hurricane damaged numerous electric transmission and distribution facilities, including substations, utility poles, power lines and other key system components – all of which will need to be repaired or replaced before power can be restored to individual customers.
Below are power restoration details by geographical zone.
Zone 1 – Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Individual power restoration times are available at https://www.duke-energy.com/outages
Zone 2 – Jefferson and Leon counties. Estimated power restoration time is 11:59 p.m. tonight. Individual power restoration times will be updated as they become available. Visit https://www.duke-energy.com/outages for details.
Zone 3 – This zone (described below) experienced significant, widespread damage. Duke Energy crews are assessing damage and making repairs as conditions allow. Some areas are difficult to access or totally inaccessible due to road damage, downed trees and large amounts of debris.
Zone 4 – Bay and Gulf counties. This zone is where the center of the hurricane made landfall, causing massive destruction. Many parts of this zone are difficult to access or totally inaccessible. Some areas will require extensive reconstruction of the electric system. Duke Energy currently is unable to provide an estimated power restoration time for this zone. The company is working hard to determine this information as soon as possible.
Duke Energy's transmission system in this zone experienced extensive damage. Many roads are impassable because they have been either washed away or covered with downed trees and storm debris – making it difficult to access many sections of the zone.
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