Several thousand Georgians will be dealing with the temperatures in the mid 90s Saturday without the benefit of air conditioning due to power outages from previous storms.
In its latest update, Georgia Power said Saturday that "great progress" was being made in restoring power to thousands of customers affected by storms Friday. As many as 13,600 were left without electricity in metro Atlanta. Georgia Power said about 2,400 were without power around noon Saturday.
The North Georgia EMC also said it is making progress in restoring power to 12,000 customers who were left without electricity in the northwestern part of the state. Only 2,100 were without power at midday Saturday, according to the utility's latest update. A Thursday night storm knocked out power to customers in Whitfield, Murray, Walker and Catoosa counties. Scattered outages also were reported in Chattooga, Gordon and Floyd counties.
At one point Saturday, Cobb EMC said a blown transformer had left some homes and businesses in East Cobb County without power along Roswell Road, East Piedmont, Holt Road and Robinson Road. It was not immediately known how many customers were affected.
Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz expects daytime temperatures in the mid 90s Saturday and Sunday before increasing cloudiness and a higher chance of storms start the workweek and provide a break from 100-plus temperatures.
Nitz said there could be some late-day isolated storms Saturday "that could pack a punch" with heavy downpours and gusty winds, but they should subside overnight.