Gulf Power crews work through the night to restore power – some customer offices remain closed.  After a night of restoring power in icy winter conditions, Gulf Power Company crews will get reinforcements from sister companies Alabama Power and Mississippi Power to help restore electricity in the areas hardest hit by the winter storm.

“Our crews will be working all day to restore power as quickly and safely as they can,” said Jeff Rogers, Corporate Communications manager. “Even so, there may be some customers whose power will not be restored today, so they should prepare to be without power tonight. But crews will continue to work through the night until everyone’s power is back on.”

As of 10 a.m., 6,500 Gulf Power customers remain without power and crews continue to work safely to finish restoration from Pensacola to Panama City.

Gulf Power started seeing power outages yesterday around 1 p.m. Since then, a total of 41,845 customers have lost power. As of 7 a.m. today, Gulf Power crews had restored power to 35,000 of those customers.

“Our crews worked safely throughout the night in terrible conditions to restore power,” said Jeff Rogers, Corporate Communications manager. “We thank our customers for their patience as we continue to work to get their power back on.”

Rogers asked customers who have lost power to help by going to their thermostat and turning their heating unit off. When their power is restored, he asked that customers wait 10 minutes before turning their heater back on. “Turning off heat temporarily at the thermostat helps us manage our load and restore power more quickly to more customers,” Rogers said. “The bottom line is customers can get their power back on faster when we don’t have the extra demand from heating units.”