MJE crews from Chicago responded to Hurricane Michael, the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. It was the strongest storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed to strike the U.S. since 1992. MJE worked with Georgia Power and Gulf Power to restore electricity in Florida and Georgia. Roughly 120,000 Gulf Power’s customers (26%) were without power, with 99,000 or so in Panama City. Hurricane Michael’s winds destroyed about 85% of the trees in Panama City alone. Gulf Power had over 4,000 support personnel from 16 different states helping with the restoration, including 10 crews from MJE’s Chicago Region that were dispatched on October 9th. In 13 days of work, the crews replaced almost 100 poles, replaced more than 50 distribution transformers and restrung over 25,000 feet of new conductors plus re installed several thousand feet of existing conductors that were in good enough condition to re-use. The MJE restoration activities with Georgia Power lasted from October 11 through October 19 and utilized 20 full-time employees from MJE’s Chicago Region. Tree and shrub damage in the southwest Georgia area was tremendous with many of the local roads being impenetrable along with communication facilities rendered inoperable, which limited communication between all parties. Ultimately, Georgia Power restored power to more than 385,000 customers, impacted by the hurricane. More than 5,800 personnel were mobilized as part of their company's restoration effort, including all of Georgia Power's resources, as well as assistance from other Southern Company operating companies and more than a dozen assisting utilities from as far away as Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The undertaking of all the crews who worked at Gulf Power in Florida and Georgia Power was completed with the highest degree of safety and integrity under very difficult living and working conditions.
customer: Georgia Power and Gulf Power
OWNER: Georgia Power and Gulf Power
PROJECT STATUS: Completed
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