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Gillum: Full Power Restoration 'Probably' By This Afternoon

Just 439 Tallahassee residents were waiting to have their electric service restored in the wake of Hurricane Hermine as of 6 a.m. Friday, according to the city’s utility website.

The figure is down significantly from the twelve hundred without power late Thursday evening. Mayor Andrew Gillum predicts the city will reach 100 percent restoration by,  “probably” this afternoon.

“Your assessment probably is help has not come soon enough. I want those folks to know you are not forgotten, that folks are working diligently on their behalf, to make sure that we can bring this community back to 100.”

Gillum says he never considered cancelling this weekend’s Florida State University football game because he was assured there will be enough hotel rooms. Meanwhile, city and county officials will staff information stations at the Leon County Fairgrounds and the Frenchtown Renaissance Center. The stations will be open from 8:30 to 5:30 through Sunday.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.