Georgia Power sees 90% of Hurricane Matthew victims' power restored by Weds
Georgia Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, announced that it expects to have service restored to more than 90% of customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew, who can accept power, by midnight Wednesday. The hurricane, which pounded the Georgia coast with winds of more than 100 miles per hour and extensive flooding over the weekend, was the strongest storm to hit the region in a century and interrupted service to more than 340,000 customers. The company has already restored power to 100% of impacted customers who can accept power in the Kingsland area and expects to have power restored for nearly 100% of impacted customers who can accept power in Brunswick, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands tomorrow. As of Monday morning, Georgia Power has secured more than 1,000 additional personnel to assist with restoration efforts in Georgia. Additional crews are making their way north from Florida as restoration work winds down in that state. Georgia Power was prepared to respond to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew with approximately 5,000 personnel from Georgia Power and assisting utilities working around the clock over the weekend. Power has been restored to more than 210,000 customers; approximately 130,000 customers are without power in Coastal Georgia. Damage and power outages are concentrated in Coastal Georgia, including Chatham, Glynn, Effingham, Bulloch and Liberty Counties. 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.