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Power crews have been working hard to restore power to thousands of customers following Hurricane Nate (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter) Power crews have been working hard to restore power to thousands of customers following Hurricane Nate (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The sound of electric generators hummed through one Dawes community Monday morning.

Families on Gold Mine Road say they've been without power since 2 a.m. Sunday after Hurricane Nate made his way through the gulf coast.

"We expected it to be out somewhat due to a hurricane, something catastrophic like that, but in light of the fact that everyone has power I was very disappointed that we didn't," Kathy Bellcase said.

Although power crews have been out since the storm made landfall, Kathy Bellcase and her neighbor Keith LaFleur say it's even worse because it's only five houses on their street are without power.  

"It's very frustrating! I mean here you are in a sweat box and you see lights everywhere. I mean it's literally across the field from me and there's power," Bellcase said.

"It's very frustrating to be caught in the middle here and put up with this inconvenience," LaFleur said.

LaFleur says he's lucky enough to have a generator to help him power through, but he says it's not cheap.

"I bought 15 gallons of gas, about $2.50 a gallon to begin with. And yesterday I bought another 20. So you're looking at about $45 and $60 a day to run my generator," LaFleur said.

As crews continue to work to restore power, seeing them hard at work gives these residents hope that their power will be next to be restored. 

As of Monday afternoon, Beth Tomas with Alabama Power says currently more than 3,000 customers are without power in the area. 

“We have restored power to nearly 50,000 following the storm. About 700 additional crew members and support staff are here in Mobile working with our local teams. We should have power restored to 95% of our customers by the end of the day today," Thomas said.

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