Power Outages Continue To Drop In Georgia After Irma

Power Outages Continue To Drop In Georgia After Irma

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state's 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

During the peak hours of the storm Monday, almost 1 million customers across the state were without power.

Almost a million customers lost power during one of the strongest and largest tropical systems to hit Georgia in decades.

Kraft said across the state, Georgia Power has seen more than 900,000 customers with interruptions in service - roughly 50 percent of their customer base.

Everyone without electricity wants to know when power will be restored but utility companies report they are making progress Wednesday morning. With the passing of the storm, she said, Georgia Power began sending out teams overnight to assess sites for the risk of falling trees, flooded bridges and other hazards before sending in line crews. All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.

Watch for downed wires.

One item the commissioners were planning to discuss Tuesday was burying power lines along Highway 144 when the state trunkline is widened.

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According to its website, outages in the Athens area affected almost 5,000 customers - 3,146 in Jackson County, 1,133 in Barrow County, 30 in Clarke County and 317 in Madison County.

Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines - it can kill. They could be electrified. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Butts County fire crews were responding Monday to several reports of trees down. Safety systems at USA nuclear plants, including Georgia's Plants Vogtle and Hatch, are created to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding.

Crews are trying to restore lines that affect the most customers first, but can't yet get to some areas.

About Georgia Power Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company.

Bryan County Emergency Services and the Richmond Hill Police Department continue to stress that evacuees should not return home until the governor waives the mandatory evacuation that began Saturday for all Georgia residents living east of I-95.

AND | After a power outage, is your food safe? Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.

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