As of 9am, nearly 49% of all Gulf Power customers in Escambia county were without power, with a total of 74,520 confirmed outages in the county.
In Santa Rosa County, about 14,600 Gulf Power customers – or nearly 20% of people – did not have energy as of 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Gulf Power officials said they will be able to provide estimates of neighborhood restoration by Saturday night.
Gulf Power estimates that electricity will be restored to 95% of customers who can accept electricity in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties by Tuesday.
Residents of Escambia Province and Santa Rosa County have been the hardest hit by the outages caused by Hurricane Sally, with 95% of Escampia not having power at the peak of the recovery.
Officials said Gulf Power has a workforce of 7,000 employees from across the region helping to restore energy. Marilyn Santos, president of Gulf Energy, said they focused first on “hospitals, emergency responders, water pumps, and the kinds of customers who need energy so that this community, you know, is back again.”
Twelve staging sites are populated throughout the service area.
“So we did,” Santos said. “But at the same time, we were restoring energy in a way to ensure most customers arrived as quickly as possible.”