Power Outages Continue To Drop In Georgia After Irma


Many Downtown universities, such as Georgia State, University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have all closed their doors for today and cancelled classes. This storm in particular, which has generated sustained winds in excess of 50 miles per hour, caused widespread damage to trees, power lines and power poles.

About 942,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday afternoon as utilities whittled away at outages that left more than 1.5 million customers in the dark Monday after Tropical Storm Irma passed through.

As soon as weather permitted, EMC crews descended upon hardest hit areas to begin damage assessments followed by early stages of restoration work.

Customers are urged to avoid all downed power lines and remember that risky electrical currents can travel through standing water and wet soil.

"In addition to our own crews who are working, Jackson EMC now has 200 additional crew members from contractors and neighboring utilities", according to the release.

Numerous locations are still without power statewide, according to the outage map.

Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.

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Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

"We have had crews working around the clock, and we'll continue working around the clock until all outages are taken care of", said April Sorrow, a spokeswoman for Jackson EMC on Tuesday.

Georgia Power reported about 50 customers in western Butts County were without power.

Outage & Storm Center - Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information.

"There is not a region within this state that has not been affected by some power outages", said Paul Bowers, Georgia Power president and CEO. It's free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Walton EMC reported another 27,332 customers without power. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.

Georgia Power says in case of power outages, customers should unplug TVs, major appliances such as washers and dryers, and turn air conditioning units off so when power comes back on its protected from surges.