Georgia Power restores power to more than 97 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew ahead of schedule
Less than 10,000 customers remain without power; thousands of personnel concentrating on areas with severe damage
ATLANTA – October 13, 2016 – Georgia Power has restored power to more than 330,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew – more than 97 percent of all affected customers. Less than 10,000 customers remain without power including those in some of the coastal areas with the most severe damage such as Burnside, Dutch Island, Isle of Hope, White Bluff, Windsor Forest, and surrounding communities.
The path of the storm and the prevalence of large trees caused the most damage in and around Savannah. As restoration nears completion, personnel are concentrating all efforts and resources in Savannah and other remaining affected areas. At this stage of restoration, work can be tedious as each case of damage may only impact service to a small number of customers.
Georgia Power estimates that damage from Hurricane Matthew could include:
The company estimates that thousands of customers in some of the hardest hits areas of the coast may not be able to reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs to private property prior to reconnecting to service.
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, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, are currently in Georgia working alongside Georgia Power crews to restore service for customers.
Georgia Power reminds customers that dangerous conditions exist following a storm. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or cable wires that touch a power line. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris, downed trees or standing water as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage. If using a generator, follow all manufacturers’ connection and safety instructions and shut the generator down before reconnecting to Georgia Power service.
The company also offers the following tools you can use to stay informed during restoration efforts:
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest 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 2.5 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, 21st century 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) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).
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