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[UPDATE] Thousands of People Without Power on SGI

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

[UPDATE] 6-29 at 5:00pm --
Some parts of St. George Island now have power.

The island has been without power since a thunderstorm Monday night. The storm caused a water spout to form in the bay. It knocked over two power poles and cut off power to the entire Island of 6- 8,000 people.

Residents are finding creative ways to resume day-to-day activities.

John Shelby is a Realtor on the Island. He said, "The office is just way too hot and no fax machines, computers, or anything are running. We're basically running our office from a blackberry."

Officials held a meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

With some areas of the Island still having "brown-outs" they are encouraging residents and visitors to not turn everything on at once.

They expect to have the power restored everywhere on the island by Wednesday night.

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Power is out on St. George Island, leaving locals and visitors without A.C. during one of the hottest times of the year.

Officials say during a thunderstorm on Monday night, a water spout formed in the Bay.

The water spout knocked over two power poles and cut off electricity to the entire Island. It happened around 8pm and now on Tuesday tonight, folks are still in the dark.

Chief Jay Abbott said,"Entire Island is without power. We probably have about, with tourists here, 6-8,000 people."

There are 8 semi- trucks holding the generators on Pine Street.

Bobby Pickles of Progress Energy said, "We are getting portable generators moved onto the island, so that we can temporarily restore power to the island."

These semi-trucks hold gas to keep the generators working for at least a week. Progress Energy will be working on the problem area at the same time.

Those on the island, who are dealing with the heat and no A.C., say it is H-O-T, hot.

Chief Jay Abbott said, "They're complaining ... but they are doing well. At least it was at night and not during the middle of the day to begin with."

Only a handful of business are open. One store in particular was giving out flash lights to customers who want to shop.

Progress Energy hopes to have power back on the Island by midnight on Tuesday.

The Island is bringing extra security and ambulances to make sure people are safe, especially seniors who may be on breathing machines.


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