Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

About half of DeKalb County lost power due to Hurricane Irma

About half of DeKalb County lost power due to Hurricane Irma

As the weather deteriorated Monday, companies like Georgia Power pulled crews from the field due to hazards involving falling trees, according to Georgia Power Spokesperson John Kraft.

To expedite repairs throughout the state, Georgia Power is responding to the outages with approximately 5,500 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities. Damage assessment and restoration efforts started in earnest once weather conditions allowed following the storm and, by Tuesday night, more than 60 percent (590,000 customers) of Georgia Power customers impacted by the hurricane had service restored.

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

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Everyone without electricity wants to know when power will be restored but utility companies report they are making progress Wednesday morning.

Information about outages is posted on their website, but many are still being assessed. All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma and the company continues to work to procure additional resources as they become available.

Georgia EMC's district engineering coordinator Bennie Bagwell said they're hoping to have all their power restored by Thursday. Council members cited safety, aesthetics and reliability, as underground lines would not be subject to falling trees knocking out power during storms such as Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Matthew past year.

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Georgia Power Mobile App - Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938. Both of those numbers are down significantly since the storm hit Monday, when 1.5 million were dealing with an outage.

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

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. 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.

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But that's way down from the 16,000 Athens area customers without power a day ago.

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