Georgia Power offers update on state-wide outages

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Georgia Power announced today that it expects to have service restored to 95 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Sunday night.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide.

Georgia Power crews are trying to restore power as quickly as possible and working around the clock to try to make repairs. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938. "It's definitely a combination that shows our customers that we are out there working to get their power restored".

Walton EMC, which serves southeast Athens and the surrounding areas, worked Tuesday to restore power to 40,000 customers across its service area.

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Yeager said along with members from public safety and the power companies, representatives from county administration were also on hand to assist, such as County Administrator Michael Fouts and Captain Chuck Loftin with Coweta County Fire Rescue.

Still, Jackson EMC predicted outages would continue throughout the night and into Tuesday morning.

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

The storm - which arrived at high tide Monday afternoon - swamped Georgia's communities that occupy its 100-mile coast. "We were prepared for the storm response, but there was nothing we could do to prevent the outages".

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Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state.

Georgia EMC's district engineering coordinator Bennie Bagwell said they're hoping to have all their power restored by Thursday. Another 175 were on the way from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota and IN to help and were expected to be IN action Wednesday, Sorrow said. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that must be inspected by the state following flooding.

Phillips urged members to continue reporting outages through their call center at 770-502-0226.

There are approximately 925,000 Georgia Power customers now without power - equivalent to almost 50 percent of the company's total residential customer base.

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In case of an emergency, call 911. For updates on power, go to gwinnettdailypost.com or your power company's website.

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