Sunday, October 21, 2018
Business

Duke Energy expects up to 200,000 will lose power from Hurricane Michael

Tampa Bay utilities started sending crews north to help the Panhandle after historic Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday.

Duke Energy Florida, which serves the Panhandle, expects a total of 100,000 to 200,000 customers will lose power as a result of the hurricane, according to company spokeswoman Peveeta Persaud. Duke’s outage map showed just over 29,000 customers were without power as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Power restoration is expected to take over a week.

"Restoring power after a storm can be extremely challenging for repair crews, as travel and work conditions can be impacted by high winds and widespread flooding — making repair work lengthy and difficult," Persaud said in a statement.

Follow the live coverage: Latest on Hurricane Michael from the Florida Panhandle and across Tampa Bay

Duke Energy Florida is sending extra crews to the Panhandle to help restore power and so is Tampa Electric Co. The Tampa utility said it will send 285 line workers and contractors to the panhandle starting at dawn Thursday to help Gulf Power Co. customers and to restore power to the city of Tallahassee, said Tampa Electric spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs. Those crews are expected to spend two weeks there.

Duke said that as of Wednesday it had not pulled any crews from the Tampa Bay area to help out up north. Duke will, however, send crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and other parts of Florida to help.

Utilities in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are also sending crews to help North Florida.

Tampa Electric’s territory is confined largely to Tampa Bay, though it has a small Peoples Gas office — Tampa Electric’s sister company — in Panama City, according to the company.

Any Duke Customers in North Florida who lost power due to the storm should report the outage by visiting duke-energy.com, texting OUT to 57801 or calling the automated reporting system at 1-800-228-8485.

MORE: Get more business news here

Contact Malena Carollo at [email protected] or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

Comments
After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

  The old oyster cleaning room at the 13 Mile Oyster House now shows a destroyed dock where the Ward family docked their boats and TJ maintains his smallest oysters that he farms. TJ Ward assesses his farmed oysters after Hurricane Mich...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Hurricane Michael’s effect on timber industry ‘catastrophic,

Hurricane Michael’s effect on timber industry ‘catastrophic," Adam Putnam says.

Hurricane Michael’s enduring legacy could include long-term damage to Florida’s timber industry. While experts try to get a handle on the carnage, state Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam said Friday that preliminary estimates peg it ...
Published: 10/19/18
Updated: 10/20/18
Florida’s unemployment rate falls to 3.5 percent while Tampa Bay’s rate plunges to 2.9 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate falls to 3.5 percent while Tampa Bay’s rate plunges to 2.9 percent

Florida’s economy is continuing to hum along, according to September employment numbers released Friday. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to a mark last seen in February 2007 — 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent in August.And compared to a year ...
Published: 10/19/18
Jeff Vinik invests in another tech startup focused on health and wellness

Jeff Vinik invests in another tech startup focused on health and wellness

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has made a series of investments in companies focused on health, wellness and technology in industries ranging from construction to medicine, and from fitness to radiation protection.He’s at it again. This...
Published: 10/19/18
Is the annual pass worth it? As Disney changes pricing system, we help you decide

Is the annual pass worth it? As Disney changes pricing system, we help you decide

Though costly, annual passes at Disney World, Universal, Busch Gardens and other parks can sometimes be a smarter choice. You just have to know what you’re getting.
Published: 10/19/18
Tampa’s Oxford Exchange one of nation’s 50 most beautiful independent stores

Tampa’s Oxford Exchange one of nation’s 50 most beautiful independent stores

TAMPA — Architectural Digest has named Tampa’s Oxford Exchange as Florida’s most beautiful independent store — and one of the 50 most beautiful in the nation. Opened in 2012 in a onetime stable, the exchange a at 420 W. Kennedy Blvd. includes a resta...
Published: 10/19/18
A new Earth Fare is coming to Lutz this winter

A new Earth Fare is coming to Lutz this winter

Times Staff Writer LUTZ — Earth Fare will open its third location in Tampa Bay this winter, continuing to expand the area’s growing organic grocery market.Earth Fare entered Tampa Bay in 2016 with a location in Seminole and then opened a second in Ol...
Published: 10/19/18
Is Tampa Bay finally seeing signs of a buyer’s market? Soaring September sales hint at it

Is Tampa Bay finally seeing signs of a buyer’s market? Soaring September sales hint at it

Bucking a national trend, sales of single-family homes soared by double digits in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties in September.That dramatic increase, coupled with minor price increases, suggests that a real estate market that has favore...
Published: 10/19/18
Aldi unrolls grocery delivery through Instacart across Florida

Aldi unrolls grocery delivery through Instacart across Florida

Savvy Tampa Bay shoppers may have already noticed Aldi pop up in their Instacart app earlier this month, but the discount store officially announced its delivery expansion across Florida this week.Instacart is a delivery service that allows shoppers ...
Published: 10/19/18
Tuna-gate: StarKist admits fixing prices, faces $100 million fine

Tuna-gate: StarKist admits fixing prices, faces $100 million fine

StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Published: 10/19/18