Georgia customers without power Wednesday drops below half-million


In a statewide news release, Georgia Power reported that electricity had been restored to 590,000 of its customers by 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Approximately 5.5 million customers were still without power after the storm, which peaked on September 11.

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Watkins said there the outages are widespread throughout Columbus. About 114,000 of those were in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Clayton.

By Tuesday night, Georgia Power said, it had restored power to 590,000 customers, or 60 percent of those affected.

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Electric service to almost 1 million Georgia Power customers was impacted at the height of Hurricane Irma, and less than 24 hours later, Georgia Power has restored power to approximately 405,000 customers across the state. By late Wednesday afternoon, that total had grown to roughly 690,000.

Watkins said Georgia Power is still hoping to get assistance from power companies in Alabama and Mississippi.

Terri Stathum, a spokesperson for Georgia EMC, a group that represents utility cooperatives in the state, also said it would take several days to restore power to their customers.

Watkins mentioned that about 139,000 are without power in Atlanta. It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. Crews will need to rebuild some infrastructure in Florida before hey can restore power to all customers.

"In some cases they had damage to some of their major transmission lines, which is a much bigger project", he said.