Most Columbus residents should have electricity back soon — Georgia Power

Gladys Abbott
September 14, 2017

They say this is likely to be one of the largest electric industry restoration efforts in U.S. history.

"Our hope is to be at or close to 100 percent by Friday night for those that can receive power, but there are no guarantees because every situation is different", Sawhill stated in a clarifying email Tuesday night.

All of Georgia Power's teams are in the field today working to assess damage and restore power. "We just ask for patience as we cope with one of the strongest and largest storms our state has seen in decades".

Power crews on Wednesday were still working to restore electricity to customers affected by Tropical Storm Irma.

Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke to the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency's director who said block after block of power lines were taken out by falling trees.

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The number of Atlanta customers without power has continued to drop as the utilities re-routed power and brought in additional crews from as far away as Canada to fix damage.

"It's been really the hard work and dedication from the headquarters office here with our other regional offices", he said.

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp. reported that as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, 8,722 customers in its 14 counties were still without power, down from more than 11,000 on Tuesday.

EEI warned customers to stay away from downed power lines and, if using a generator, to plus appliances directly into it.

Workers and contractors from across Appalachian Power's service area are headed to Florida and Georgia to help fix electrical facility damage from Hurricane Irma, according to a news release from the utility company.

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