Hurricane Zeta crossing Georgia, more than 550,000 customers without power
Damage and power outages may increase as high winds continue
ATLANTA, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Zeta arrived in Georgia overnight and is impacting service to Georgia Power customers. Damage and power outages may increase as high winds continue across the state. The company is prepared to assess damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible following the storm.
Georgia Power has seen damage due to the already saturated ground, high wind gusts, heavy rain and fallen trees. Once the storm passes, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the impacted zones and begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews. As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored.
When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm.
In the field, the power restoration process includes these key steps:
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Storm Response Pandemic Preparations
Georgia Power constantly monitors changing weather conditions and is prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather while taking proactive actions including special "distancing" and other precautions to help protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus.
In addition, the company's comprehensive pandemic plans help ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy customers expect and deserve.
Ways you can help keep workers safe while they work in the field:
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
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