Georgia Power begins Hurricane Matthew restoration efforts
Nearly 5,000 personnel responding to damage, power outages in Coastal Georgia
ATLANTA, Oct. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 5,000 personnel from Georgia Power and assisting utilities are poised to respond to damage and power outages from Hurricane Matthew beginning today. Damage assessment teams will be the first to re-enter evacuated and affected areas and will relay critical field information so that restoration teams can be dispatched as safely and efficiently as possible. As weather conditions improve and hurricane-force winds subside, crews will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair damage and restore power to the 281,375 affected customers as of 7:30 a.m.
As part of Southern Company, as well as a national mutual assistance network, Georgia Power is able to receive assistance from other utilities not impacted by the storm to aid in restoration efforts. Utilities from other states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, are currently in Georgia working alongside Georgia Power crews to restore service for customers.
As of 7:30 a.m., Georgia Power reported 2,576 individual cases of damage, including broken poles and downed lines, resulting in 281,375 customers without power. Damage and power outages are concentrated in Coastal Georgia, including Chatham, Camden Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, Bryan, Effingham, and Wayne Counties.
Georgia Power reminds customers that dangerous conditions exist following a storm. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or TV wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris or downed trees as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.
The company also offers the following tools you can use to stay informed during restoration efforts:
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