The latest updates from the Panama City area on Saturday.

FEMA distribution sites have been established in Bay County to provide meals and/or water to residents, the Sheriff's Office said. The sites are being staffed by National Guard, which has staged 850 soldiers in Bay County. About 2400 National Guard are currently within Northwest Florida to assist in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael.

The distribution points are:

Lucille Moore Elementary (1900 Michigan Ave.) Bozeman Learning Center (13410 Highway 77) Lowes (300 23rd St.) Parker Elementary (640 S. Highway 22) Rosenwald Middle School (924 Bay Ave.) Cherry Street Elem (1125 Cherry St.) WalMart (Hwy 77 in Lynn Haven) Sheriff Tommy Ford also said the Salvation Army is feeding the public at nine locations. Meals begin at lunch and will be served through dinner.

1. The Salvation Army - 1824 W. 15th Street, Panama City

2. Cedar Grove Elementary School - 2826 15th St., Panama City

3. Winn Dixie Lynn Haven - 1812 Lynn Haven Parkway, Lynn Haven

4. WalMart - Callaway - 725 N. Tyndall Parkway, Callaway

5. Parking lot at MLK and 14th St., Panama City

6. Jinks Middle School - 600 W. 11th St., Panama City

7. Old KMart (parking lot at the foot of the Hathaway Bridge) - 7100 US 98, Panama City Beach

8. Corner of Highway 2301 and 231

9. Mexico Beach City Hall - 201 Paradise Path, Mexico Beach

 

11 a.m.

Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida's storm-battered Panhandle.

State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 customers remain without electricity in the state.

They also said that 80 percent of cellphone service has been restored throughout the region hit by Hurricane Michael. But the numbers remain high in the hardest-hit areas.

Bay County, which is where Panama City is located, only has 30 percent cellphone coverage. Nearly 100,000 customers in that coastal county also remain without power. Smaller coastal counties south of Panama City and rural north Florida counties also remain in the dark.

Lights have been coming back on in Tallahassee. More than 100,000 city utility customers lost power right after the storm, but as of Saturday there were about 40,000 who remained without electricity.

11 a.m.

Winn-Dixie associates and volunteers will distribute free water and ice at the following locations, the company said on Twitter:

3621 US Hwy 231 N., Panama City, FL 32404 3157 West 23rd St., Panama City Beach, FL 32405 132 South Tyndall Pkwy., Parker, FL 32404 1812 Hwy 77 S., Ste. 119, Lynn Haven, FL 32444 8 a.m.

Panama City Toyota says it is putting on a community cookout today.

The dealership at 959 15th St. tweeted: "Hey everyone, if you’ve been affected by Hurricane Michael, we invite you to a community cookout tomorrow, October 13th in our parking lot. We’ll be grilling and providing food to anyone who needs a hot meal from 10 am until 2 pm, so come on out and bring your family and friends!"

7:18 a.m.

Gulf Power updates:

Bay County west of Highway 79 is estimated to be restored by midnight, Oct. 14. Bay County east of Highway 79 to the Hathaway Bridge is estimated to be restored by midnight, Oct. 15. Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties are estimated to be restored by midnight, Oct. 19. Gulf Power is still working to determine restoration estimates in the hardest hit areas including downtown Panama City, Callaway, Parker, Lynn Haven, Youngstown and surrounding areas. 7:15 a.m.

A tanker load of water is parked behind City Hall, 110 Arnold Road, for anyone who wants fresh drinking water, tweeted Crowd Emergency Disaster Response Digital Corps. Bring a five-gallon container starting after sunrise.

7 a.m.

Publix grocery stores are giving out water and ice today.

The distribution begins at 10 a.m.

Each person will get two gallons of water and two 10-pound bags of ice, according to Bay County Emergency Services

6:30 a.m.

Delta Airlines has resumed flights to Panama City Beach Airport and other cities hit by Hurricane Michael. 

The first flight arrived Friday morning in Panama City, the airline said. Delta doesn’t expect further disruption to flights, though schedule adjustments are possible.

Delta says it has shipped supplies such as portable chargers, satellite phones, generators and other hurricane supplies early this week to help storm victims, including 96 cases of water and nearly 3,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable items.

Ahead of the storm, Delta issued waivers for travel, baggage and pet fees, in addition to capping fares from cities in the region to help customers looking to evacuate, the airline reported. It is the first to operate back into Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Albany, Georgia, and Dothan, Alabama, Delta said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.