• Georgia Power: Could be days to a week to restore power for some


    Nearly 600,000 customers are still without power across the state of Georgia.

    That's down significantly from the peak on Monday, when 1.5 million were dealing with an outage.

    In north Georgia, there were around 400,000 people still without power Tuesday morning. That number dropped throughout the day.

    We will be constantly updating these numbers throughout the day on Channel 2 Action News and WSBTV.com. We will also bring you updates from officials about the clean-up process as they come in.

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    The numbers are constantly changing as crews work to restore power in many neighborhoods, but Tuesday afternoon Georgia Power had more than 500,000 customers without power and Georgia EMCs had more than 300,000.

    As of 8 p.m., Georgia's EMCs said the number of outages was down to 286,000 customers across the state, down from 550,00 customers Monday evening.

    By 10 a.m. Wednesday, Georgia Power had dropped to 350,000 outages and Georgia EMC had 218,000.

    “Every region in the state has been affected and it's going to take time for us to get back to normal in terms of power restoration,” Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers said in a news conference Tuesday.

    Crews are working around the clock to restore power. Georgia EMC utilities brought in 3,000 crew members from 13 states to help out.

    "We are doing everything we canto restore it," Jackson EMC lineman Jose Salgado said.

    “This is where all people within the company really pull together. Everybody has an obligation and duty as a Georgia Power employee and everybody has a storm role and responsibility," Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told Channel 2's Aaron Diamant.

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    Inside the company's command center in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, staff worked to ensure the right resources were in the right places, but Hawkins said this won't be a quick process.

    “As we go through today and tomorrow, we will have a better idea about the damage and the estimates. We will be bringing some customers back, but it may take a couple more days, it may take over a week to get customers back on," he said.

    Georgia EMC's district engineering coordinator Bennie Bagwell said they're hoping to have all their power restored by Thursday.

    If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can check on your outage or report an outage through their outage map on their website. Georgia EMC customers can find more information on their website.

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    "This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected by this hurricane/tropical storm. And as a result of that, recovery is going to be a little more slow because there are greater territories that have to be covered before anything can be back to a normal environment,” Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday.


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