Electric service to nearly 1 million Georgia Power customers was impacted at the height of Hurricane Irma and, by the following evening, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 525,000 customers across the state. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 425,000 customers are without power across Georgia. UPDATE: As of 5 AM on Wednesday Morning there were less than 10 Georgia Power customers without power in Chattooga County. Those outages were located in the Cloudland area and on Jenkins Gap Road in the Silver Hill area. A press release by Georgia Power says customers still without power should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm.
Restoration cannot begin until damage assessment has been completed and repair teams can safely enter the areas where their work is to be done. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that must be inspected by the state following flooding.
Restoration progress has been largely possible thanks to Georgia’s advanced electric grid, which allows the company to reroute and restore power even when weather conditions prevent work in the field. All of Georgia Power’s teams are in the field today working to assess damage and restore power.
Damage Update (as of 10 PM Tuesday)
- Power has been restored to 525,000 Georgia Power customers across the state.
- There are approximately 425,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power.
- Approximately 10,000 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.
- Damage and outages are widespread and across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.
The company encourages customers to keep safety first following Hurricane Irma:
- Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
- Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
- Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
- Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
- Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.