Since 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, CHELCO crews have restored power to more than 4,950 members.
The cooperative currently has 12 outages affecting about 40 members, and CHELCO crews are working diligently to restore power as soon as safely possible. We anticipate most of those remaining will be back in service later this evening, but closed roads and flooding may prevent crews and equipment from reaching the scenes.
CHELCO crews worked through the night and all day to re-establish service. “The stalled front allowed the rain and lighting to train from the gulf right across us all night. I have never seen lightning as bad as it was for hours last night,” said Vice President of Operations Donny Fugate.
The National Weather Service predicts a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms later this evening. Given the recent heavy rainfall on Florida’s Panhandle, this additional precipitation may further soften the ground and weigh down already soaked tree limbs. So, CHELCO crews remain ready to respond to further outages throughout the evening.