'we're making it': candles, flashlights to substitute for lack of electricity in florida's hurricane zone - outside air conditioner

by:HICOOL     2021-10-11
\'we\'re making it\': candles, flashlights to substitute for lack of electricity in florida\'s hurricane zone  -  outside air conditioner
Panama City, Florida—
This is the biggest demand after the hurricane, and sometimes the most difficult one to meet: electricity.
More than a week ago, Hurricane Michael crashed into Panhandle in Florida on a damaged road to Georgia's border, and more than 100,000 Florida customers still don't have electricity, according to the State Department's Emergency Management website.
On Friday, Martha Reynolds sat outside her mother's sultry home, with relatives including several young children
Income near the city of Panama.
The electricity has been out since the day Michael attacked.
Candles and flashlights provide light after dark, she said, and they start the generator at night to power the air conditioner that cools down four adults and five children.
"We try to eat on the grill and keep as much ice as possible," she said . ".
"We're all looking at each other and we're all here, so it's a blessing.
On several streets, Justin Ward's family gathered under a tree in front of their hot and powerless home.
"We succeeded.
The power supply on this street is over there.
"It should be here tomorrow," he said . ".
Although more than half of the power outages occurred in the Gulf County, between the coastal Mexican beaches and the city of Panama, eight days after the storm, the proportion of rural counties without electricity was higher.
This includes Calhoun County, 86 of the local power company's customers
The surgeon had no electricity.
"We are working to make sure they understand how broad the damage is, and we are using every resource we may have to address the problem as soon as possible," said Jeff Rogers, a spokesman for Gulf electric, the company serves most of the Bay County and seven other counties in the region.
It does not serve Calhoun.
"This is an unprecedented storm.
"It's not easy to solve this problem quickly.
In Bay County alone, thousands of Poles are blown down or broken in half like toothpicks.
The wires drooping down the road or being thrown to the ground like spaghetti.
Many transmission towers
A huge metal structure delivers power to a substation and then to a specific community --
Left in a twisted pile or knocked to the ground.
Several substations were damaged and the connection to each family was interrupted countless times.
New poles and lines are rising rapidly, a clear sign of progress.
Every morning, a long list of utility trucks meander through the streets of Panama City on the way to the area where service is still unfinished.
Workers were hung in a bucket on a street by nine trucks on Thursday, and the same scene repeated countless times a day.
Rogers says most of the Gulf power comes from
Solar, gas and coal plants
Located outside the storm area, so power can be used once transmission lines, substations and poles and lines are repaired.
This is just a matter of flipping the switch.
One week after the storm, Gulf electric replaced 5,600 poles, and depending on the damage of the poles, the connection to the poles, the process could take 10 minutes or more, Rogers said, other than that, there are also trees and debris that may be more difficult to enter.
About 1,200 employees at Gulf Power are working on power recovery, and 6,200 employees from 15 states are helping.
But even away from the hurricane
The coast is damaged and rural counties in the north are struggling.
In Penang County, Georgia and Alabama, more than a week after the storm, customers were out of power.
We start to get excited and people get complacent after getting a little closer to them.
It's been a week since there was no electricity, and you're a little used to being careless with them, "our grid is completely destroyed," said Rodney Andreessen, county head of emergency management.
"Now our biggest demand is to restore power.
Power regeneration.
One concern, Rogers said, is that people are used to dead wires lying on the ground or in front of their home.
These lines can be fatal as the service resumes.
He said that some of Lynn Haven's families used wires as temporary clothesline in front of the damaged house and said, "Oh my God.
It's scary. Just stay away.
"We start to get excited and people get complacent after getting a little closer to them," he said . ".
"It's been a week since there was no power and you're a little used to being careless with them.
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