UPDATE 12 p.m. – Repairs have been completed.
Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers says service will be restored before 8 a.m. for roughly 85 Navarre area residential customers currently experiencing a temporary power outage in a neighborhood north of U.S. 98 and east of Hwy. 87 S.
Roberts says the current outage area is likely related to a tripped fuse, resulting from excessive, weather-related energy demand. He says repairs can be made “very quickly” for the impacted area, which is clustered in three blocks located east of Granada, west of Ortega, north of Rio Vista Drive and south of El Paseo Street.
Earlier this morning crews restored service to about 130 customers on the south side of U.S. 98 near Edgewood Drive in Navarre. Rogers says that incident was the result of a fault on a power line detected by a piece of safety equipment called a recloser. Those customers experienced “blinking” as the system attempted to automatically restore service.
Rogers says the outages are not a result of rolling blackouts. “We just don’t have blackouts around here,” he said.
“Our reliability is really good right now,” Rogers said, pointing out 99.37 percent of Gulf Power’s 436,000 customers are not experiencing disruptions in service despite temperatures in the low 20s.
According to the National Weather Service, a hard freeze will remain in effect in our area through 10 a.m.