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Gulf Power Company customers in the Pensacola area are getting a heads-up about a telephone scam being investigated by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.  

In what appears to be the latest incarnation of an ages-old scam, calls are made by someone claiming to work for Gulf Power.

“Basically, it starts off with information stating that you have an overdue bill,” says Santa Rosa Deputy Rich Aloy. “Then the threat comes, that they’re going to shut your power off immediately if you do not provide payment right away.”

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Escambia County is partnering with a number of local firms in launching a new notification system, aimed at alerting residents to developing emergencies.

“Basically, it’s an automated notification system, that can communicate with citizens on many different levels,” said John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief. “Whether it be cellphone, home phone, work phone. It can email, it can text. It’s a subscription to provide this service.”

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Gulf Power Company is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to green-light an agreement, which would make the utility a major purchaser of wind-generated electricity. If approved, the deal would be the first of its kind in Florida.

The project involves 89 wind turbines, and could supply 180 megawatts: that’s enough energy to power about 50,000 homes per year.

Torrential rain – more than 20 inches in some places -- fell on the Pensacola area at the end of April. Both residents and officials scrambled to assess the damage, as we hear in this year-ender report from WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

Gov. Rick Scott came to town and declared a state of emergency in 26 counties – including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton – eastward to Alachua County. 


If you get a call from someone saying they are from the I-R-S and you owe them money...they're not and you don't. Danielle Rudd, the Communications Director for the Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida says that's the take home message about a series of scams going on in the region.


In 2004, Hurricane Charlie hit the state of Florida at Fort Myers on August 13. Hurricane Francis struck the east coast near Stuart on September 5. That was the same day that Ivan went from a tropical storm to a hurricane. 18 hours later it was a category 4 storm and still strengthening.

The “Dog Days” of August are upon us, with a week and a half to go in the month and this weekend is expected to be an extra sultry one.

Florida in August is always hot, but Mother Nature is raising the bar over the next few days. John Purdy is at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

"Generally we're looking at high pressure systems, which keep the clouds away. That means more sunshine which heatens up the surface of the earth."

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Gulf Power is adjusting some street lights after the death of a nesting loggerhead turtle on Perdido Key last week. The turtle had crawled across the beach and onto Perdido Key Drive where it was struck and killed by a vehicle. Officials speculate that it was attracted and confusing by a street light on the road. Jeff Rogers,a spokesman for Gulf Power, says the lights on Perdido Key drive are "full cut-off" lights that are designed to limit sea turtle confusion.

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Gulf Power Company, charging that its plant in Jackson County has been discharging toxic coal ash into the Apalachicola River. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the utility says the plant is in full compliance with environmental regulations.

The environmental law firm Earthjustice filed the lawsuit in Tallahassee Federal Court, representing the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Waterkeeper Alliance and Apalachicola Riverkeeper.

Some Gulf Power customers have been targeted by scam artists.  Again. But at least they're being creative about it.

Natalie Smith, a communications Specialist with Gulf Power, says a new telephone scam is targeting Gulf Power commercial customers. The company has been fielding calls from customers reporting a new wrinkle to the classic scam. Now customers are told their power will be shut off unless they wire 25 hundred dollars to a local Western Union.