WEWAHITCHKA– Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports this morning that power has been restored to 8,952 members in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Walton and Washington counties. This represents approximately 43 percent of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative’s total distribution system, which serves 20,815 members.

As of 7 a.m., Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative had the following outage numbers:

• Bay County: 8,185 (68 percent)

• Calhoun County: 1,783 meters (97 percent)

• Gulf County: 1,577 meters (36 percent)

• Jackson County: 48 meters (100 percent)

• Walton County: 0 (0 percent)

• Washington County: 270 meters (11 percent)

• TOTAL SYSTEM OUTAGES: 11,863 (57 percent)

Crews are working across all counties in Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative’s service area. However, many homes and businesses are damaged to the point that they will not be able to accept service once it becomes available.

There are approximately 1,000 crewmen working on the restoration effort. Because all efforts are focused on power restoration, GCEC office lobbies are closed until further notice.

Due to damage sustained during the hurricane, the automated telephone payment system is down. However, online bill pay has been restored at www.gcec.com.

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