ATLANTA – Georgia Power spent the overnight hours on Wednesday relocating and repositioning restoration crews to areas of the state impacted by the severe snow and ice. Priority activities overnight included safely restoring power to as many customers as possible, conducting extensive damage assessment to inform restoration activities once the sun comes up and preparing crews for back-to-back jobs on Thursday. Activities typically not performed overnight include jobs such as tree trimming/removal and roles which require greater visibility.
More than 8,000 Georgia Power employees, contractors and workers from other utilities are currently deployed and working to restore power to customers.
− Since 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Georgia Power has restored power service to 280,000 customers.
− Also since 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, service has been temporarily interrupted to a total of 520,000 customers due to the impact of the snow and ice on trees and power lines.
− There are currently more than 236,000 active outages in Georgia. Areas hardest hit by icing include communities in South Metro Atlanta and Augusta.
Although weather conditions may clear today, Georgia Power reminds customers to stay safe while power restoration is underway. If customers believe that a power line might be down near their home due to ice or snow, do not approach it or try to move it. Contact Georgia Power or local authorities immediately.
Georgia Power customers can report new outages, or check the status of an outage, at www.georgiapower.com/storm and by phone at 888-891-0938. Customers can also visit the website to sign up for Outage Alerts, which will automatically notify them via phone, text or email when there is a service interruption and provide them with updates. The company also provides a wide variety of useful information for customers online, including tips to help them prepare for severe weather, how to stay safe during a storm, and resources for customers after the storm has passed.
* All data is based on currently available information.