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

Power Outages Continue To Drop In Georgia After Irma

Power Outages Continue To Drop In Georgia After Irma

The day started with 31,000 outages in south and southeast Georgia, but EMC representatives warned that numbers would increase as the effects of Hurricane Irma pummeled the state.

Georgia Power turned back on electricity for more than almost 300,000 households and businesses between early Tuesday morning and the afternoon.

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, Georgia Power reported almost 345,000 of its customers were still affected.

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According to reports, more than 1.4 million Georgia homes and businesses lost power during the height of the storm Monday. Within a 12 hour period the number of customers without power dipped from 870,000 to 574,359.

Widespread power outages are being reported by the area's three utility companies serving Bryan, Liberty and Long counties. The highest number of outages Monday in Muscogee was 26,207.

"While the company is working around the clock, customers should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm", the company said in a news release. Georgia EMC utilities brought in 3,000 crew members from 13 states to help out.

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The numbers are constantly changing as crews work to restore power in many neighborhoods.

Georgia EMCs reported 236,000 of their customers were without power.

"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.

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