Georgia Power says power restored to 405k customers following Hurricane Irma
Electric service to nearly 1M Georgia Power customers was impacted at the height of Hurricane Irma and, 24 hours later, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 405,000 customers across the state. As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 545,000 customers are without power across Georgia. While the company is working around the clock, customers should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm. Regional and statewide restoration estimates will be available as soon as assessment is completed. Damage assessment following widespread destruction from Hurricane Irma is in progress throughout Georgia and must be completed as an essential step to efficiently and effectively allocate resources. During assessment and restoration, Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for crews to begin power restoration and additional heavy rain or high winds may impact efforts. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that must be inspected by the state following flooding. Restoration progress since the beginning of the storm has been largely possible thanks to Georgia's advanced electric grid, which allows the company to reroute and restore power even when weather conditions prevent work in the field, as well as early work of crews. All of Georgia Power's teams are in the field today working to assess damage and restore power. Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company.