PSO crews are helping restore power in Panama City near where Hurricane Michael made landfall

Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 18:54:36-04

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) crews are helping restore power in Florida.

They're in Panama City about 30 miles northwest of where Hurricane Michael made landfall.

A PSO spokesperson said there are about 120 employees, including line workers, tree trimmers and engineers.

They're mainly helping restore power to the Gulf Power Company's plant which was hit by the powerful winds.

"They had a couple of trees that had fallen and a couple of poles that were broke, so we went in and assessed the damage," said Jonathan Caudle, a senior engineer at PSO who's in Panama City.

Crews there have spent the last two days getting power restored to the plant, so they can get that back up and running.

As of Friday evening, there were about 600 Gulf Power customers still without electricity.

Caudle said he volunteered his time to help out because he wanted to give back to the community that is struggling after the hurricane.

"It makes me feel great," he said, "We sometimes say PSO sometimes stands for people serving others. We're just glad to be here to help serve the citizens of Florida."

PSO crews are prepared for an extended stay.

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