TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Duke Energy is providing flexible bill payment arrangements to customers experiencing financial hardship due to Hurricane Michael.
On Tuesday, Duke Energy announced that it would provide flexible bill payment arrangements to customers experiencing financial hardship due to Hurricane Michael.
In addition, the company will waive late-payment charges for up to two months for customers who experienced significant property damage. The company also will hold bills for certain customers in the hardest-hit counties to allow those customers to focus on more immediate concerns.
“Many of our customers were impacted by Hurricane Michael and will experience financial difficulty in the days, weeks and possibly months ahead. We encourage affected customers to call us so we can offer flexible payment arrangements to assist them during this time of need,” said Lesley Quick, Duke Energy’s vice president of revenue services.
The company recently awarded almost $300,000 to relief organizations in Florida, and also is matching donations, dollar-for-dollar, from Duke Energy employees.
Customers who need assistance or have questions can call Duke Energy at the following numbers:
- Residential customers – 800.700.8744
- Business customers – 877.372.8477
You can view an online map that provides the most current estimated power restoration times here.
Below is the latest power restoration information, by geographical zone.
- Zone 1 – Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie and Gilchrist counties: Power has been restored to all customers whose properties can receive power.
- Zone 2 – Jefferson and Leon counties: Power has been restored to all customers whose properties can receive power.
- Zone 3A – Wakulla County: Power has been restored to all customers whose properties can receive power.
- Zone 3B – Franklin County communities of Carrabelle, Lanark Village, Panacea and Alligator Point: Power has been restored to all customers whose properties can receive power.
- Zone 3C – Franklin County communities of St. George Island, Eastpoint and Apalachicola: The majority of customers whose properties can receive power will have service restored no later than 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. Visit https://www.duke-energy.com/outages for details.
- Zone 4 – Communities in this zone are located where the center of the hurricane made landfall, causing massive destruction. The majority of Gulf County customers whose properties can receive power, except for those in St. Joe Beach, can expect to have service restored by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.
Duke Energy currently is unable to provide an estimated power restoration time for Bay County and Dog Island. The company is working hard to determine that information as soon as possible. Many parts of this area are difficult to access or totally inaccessible. Some areas will require extensive reconstruction of the electric system.
Visit https://www.duke-energy.com/outages for details.