[UPDATE] Power Outages Reported

By: Eyewitness News Team Email
By: Eyewitness News Team Email

[UPDATE] 4-6 11:59am --

West Florida Electric Power Outage Update

GRACEVILLE – During the peak of the storm that occurred early Tuesday morning, approximately 8,500 West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) members were out of power. Most of the outages in Washington & Holmes Counties were cleared by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. The outages in Jackson & Calhoun Counties, where the most severe damaged occurred, were completely restored by midnight Tuesday evening.

The system is still experiencing individual isolated outages and line crews continue to work to restore power to all WFEC members. If you are still experiencing an outage or see any limbs or other debris that needs our attention, please contact the cooperative at (800) 342-7400.


[UPDATE] 4-6 8:02am --

Mitchell EMC Power Outage Update

"Thank you for your call concerning our power restoration after the recent storm. At the height of our outage, we had over 7,000 members without power. Crews have worked nonstop through the night in an effort to restore power. At present, we have less than 200 members remaining to be restored. We hope to have all members power back on today."

Georgia Power Outage Update

According to Georgia Power, 33,700 Georgians are still without power...3,700 of those fall in the area labeled "Bainbridge-Valdosta-Albany-Tifton."


[UPDATE] 4-5 8:34pm --

Over 40 crews will continue to work throughout the night until all Talquin members have their power restored. There are currently approximately 6,000 members in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla County without power.

Downed trees and lines continue to be a problem. Please stay away from ANY downed power lines.

[UPDATE] 4-5 5:06pm --

City of Tallahassee Press Release:

City of Tallahassee Electric Utility crews continue restoration efforts following a series of overnight severe storms that affected the area. While all circuits were restored this morning, 836 customers remain without power as of 4:20 p.m. today.

Approximately 110 small outages still remain, scattered throughout the community. The largest outage is 70 customers along Hi Lo Way off Mahan Drive, with all remaining outages affecting fewer than 40 customers each.

Crews have been responding since the first outages occurred before 5 a.m. All available repair crews were brought in to work on restoration efforts, with 16 different response crews still on duty. Electric Utility officials estimate full restoration should be completed by late tonight. City of Tallahassee Electric Utility customers may report outages by calling 891-4YOU (4968).

[UPDATE] 4-5 4:55pm --

ATLANTA (AP) -- Nearly 167,000 customers are without electricity as the result of powerful storms that ripped through Georgia.

Georgia Power is bringing in out-of-state utility crews to help restore electricity to 87,000 of its customers who lost power. Company spokesman Jeff Wilson said Tuesday said that about 39,000 of those outages have been reported in metro Atlanta.

Wilson said utility crews are coming in from Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi to assist with the cleanup and repair work.

The Georgia Electric Membership Corporation reports that about
80,000 of its customers are without power statewide. GEMC
spokeswoman Terri Statham said it may take until Wednesday to fix
some outages.

Both companies said the storm brought down a large number of utility poles.


[UPDATE] 4-5 4:35pm --

Suwannee Valley Electric Press Release:

The outages due to the severe storm that rolled in early this morning caused widespread outages throughout the four counties served electricity by Suwannee Valley Electric.

As of 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 05, 2011, over 9000 consumer-members had lost power throughout the day. Our crews have had to deal with downed power lines and broken poles through the service territory.

We have restored power to the majority of those who lost service. We still have approximately 1600 members who have no electrical service as of this time.

Our crews will continue to work to restore power as fast as humanly possible.

Crews will work as long as it takes to restore electrical service to our members.

Please stay away from any downed power lines and report them.

We appreciate your patience.


[UPDATE] 4-5 3:35pm --

Talquin has large workforces engaged under our mutual aid agreements to receive support from several Florida Electric Cooperatives as well as our electrical contractor alliances. This workforce will be critical in sustaining 24 hour operations as they join our full workforce in fighting this outage. We presently have numerous Right of Way clearing crews working to separate trees and power lines across the four county service area. Restoration efforts will remain continuous until service is restored to all Talquin Members.

Additional calls continue to come in – Just about 5,000 accounts are currently without power


[UPDATE] 4-5 10:39am --

As of 10:20 a.m., City of Tallahassee Electric Utility crews have restored power to all but approximately 2,900 customers (update from figure in 10 a.m. news release). All circuits are operating and the remaining outages are scattered throughout the city. Restoration efforts will continue throughout the day.


[UPDATE] 4-5 9:38am --

UPDATE Talquin Electric Statement:

We would like to keep everyone updated due to the power outages from the storm last night. Outage count in 5753 Talquin accounts without power. We have relieved the bottleneck in the outage reporting system. We have all the crews working to restore outages as soon as possible. Please stay away from any downed power lines and report them.

Here's theTalquin Power Outage Map.

is being updated as power is restored.


[UPDATE] 4-5 9:23am --

GRACEVILLE – Due to the severe weather that passed through our area early this morning, West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is experiencing scattered and very isolated outages throughout our system. During the peak of the storm, approximately 5,000 members were without power. At this time, 2,500 homes have been restored.

Please be patient during restoration efforts, as the damage to WFEC’s system is substantial and line crews are being hindered by debris. There are numerous broken poles and trees across lines.

Outage restoration efforts will continue throughout the day until all power is restored. Updates will be available through traditional media outlets as well as on the cooperative’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages.

To report an outage, call (800) 342-7400.


[UPDATE] 4-5 8:51am --

Talquin Outage Count is down to 7262, according to Kim Gay with Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc.

[UPDATE] 4-5 8:42am --

There are currently 9,600 Talquin Electric customers without power.
All crews are working to restore power at this time. They urge everyone to stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Talquin Electric customers can visit www.talquinelectric.com to view an active outage map that is being updated as power is restored.

Talquin Outage Link can be found below.


[UPDATE] 4-5 8:00am --

City of Tallahassee Responds to Storm Impacts

City of Tallahassee crews are responding to impacts from the overnight severe storms. Primary impacts include power outages and downed trees. Some traffic signals are either not operating or on ‘flash’ mode and some local roads are closed due to downed trees.


Currently approximately 8,500 City customers are without power. Crews have been responding since the first outages occurred before 5 a.m. and continue repair efforts. Major outages are being reported in the following areas:

Northeast: Killearn Estates, Killearn Acres, Foxcroft, Summerbrooke, OxBottom, Lenox Mill, additional neighborhoods on either side of Thomasville Road north of Killarney Way

Southeast: Indian Head Acres, area in vicinity of Governors Square Mall

Southwest: neighborhoods along Lake Bradford Road south of Stuckey St. to Orange Ave.

Additional smaller, scattered outages are being reported throughout the city.

City of Tallahassee Electric Utility customers may report outages by calling 891-4YOU (4968)


Widespread power outages have been reported across the Big Bend and Southern Georgia.

The Associated Press says that Georgia Power tweeted that an estimated 147,000 people across the state of Georgia were left without power.

The Eyewitness News Team is waiting for confirmation of areas without power. However, people left in the dark took to their Twitters and Facebooks to report about their loss of electricity.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:17 AM
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    It doesn't take a storm to kill the power in Wakulla Gardens. A breeze. A cloud. A burp. A wink. A kiss.
  • by Buddy Garity Location: tallahassee on Apr 5, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Yet the prices for power are the same even though we get a cold shoulder every time it goes out. Not to mention most of us in "small pockets" don't have water when we lose power. If we can't get under ground lines we need to chop down these trees.
  • by kris Location: tallahassee, fl on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Update: My neighbors called Talquin and were told that most of their electricians were busy and the others are headed home for the day. Power will be re-stored to us TOMORROW!! The whole thing about "we're going to work around the clock" is a LIE!!
  • by kris Location: tallahassee, fl on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    Power is still out here in certain areas of Lake Jackson. We called Talquin to report and had very strange cutsomer service. Customer service was saying that they can't find customer's accounts, (don't understand that, especially since they pull it up by your home number) I'm really surprised at them, I guess they don't know how to handle their new meter system.
  • by S Location: Woodville, FL on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Power is STILL out at 4:30 p.m. at my house in Woodville
  • by Kimberly Location: Wakulla Gardens on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    Power went out about 12:30 p.m. after a bang, like a transformer blew.
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      by Bolillo on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to Kimberly
      That bang is a fuse blowing. And it is the weakest link in Wakulla County that TEC refuses to properly correct. Get used to it.
  • by Blake Location: pavo, ga on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    Power went out at exactly 3:30 am. I was playing a game called demon's souls and heard a thunderous boom. All I could do was raise my eyebrows and look up as the wind was talking. I was thinking to myself, should I not be playing this game? Oh well, thank goodness for autosave. I will try playing again whenever the power comes back on, for it is not on at this time.
  • by April Location: Grovetown, Ga on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Power went out around 2 am 4/5/11. As of 2:13 pm 4/5/11 we do not have power. Also lost shingles and some facade on our home.
  • by Jeffrey Collette Location: Grovetown GA on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    Power is still out in the area of Grovetown
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