1 p.m. Update: Power restored to 99% of Georgia Power customers impacted by Hurricane Zeta
More than 4,000 Georgia Power personnel, with assistance from out-of-state utilities, concluding work in severely damaged areas
ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power has restored power to 99% of customers, more than 806,000, impacted by Hurricane Zeta. More than 4,000 Georgia Power personnel, with assistance from out-of-state utilities, were mobilized as part of the company's restoration effort. While work is nearly complete, all personnel in the field remain focused on reconnecting the approximately 1,000 customers who remain without power and are able to receive electric service.
"The damage from Hurricane Zeta was widespread across Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States. We had more than 4,000 people working around the clock to restore service for our customers as safely and quickly as possible, and I'm extremely proud of their work and dedication," said Chris Womack, president of Georgia Power. "I want to thank our customers who were impacted by this storm for their patience during restoration. I also want to personally thank the other utilities, public safety and governmental partners who worked together to help in the response to Hurricane Zeta."
Damage from Hurricane Zeta was widespread and covered the northern half of the state and was similar to the damage seen after Hurricane Michael in 2018. As Hurricane Zeta crossed through the state, Georgia Power's service territory experienced wind gusts of up to 75 mph for more than two hours, along with sustained winds of 25-40 mph for more than five hours straight. Teams experienced challenges including downed trees and roads blocked that had to be cleared to enter certain areas.
Damage from Hurricane Zeta included:
Update – As of 1 p.m. Monday
Customers in some of the hardest hit areas may not be able to reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service. The company cannot, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.
As restoration efforts near completion, the company encourages customers to keep safety first following Hurricane Zeta and any storm by following these safety tips:
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