Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Georgia customers without power Wednesday drops below half-million

Georgia customers without power Wednesday drops below half-million

Many are the result of downed power lines.

About 480,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, two days after Tropical Storm Irma hit the state.

After 16,000 to 17,000 Georgia Power customers in Bulloch County lost electrical service during the height of the storm Monday, line crews had reduced the number of outages so that fewer than 300 Bulloch customers were offline by Tuesday afternoon.

When Matt Sawhill, incoming Statesboro area manager for Georgia Power, said Tuesday he would expect "a hundred percent" restoration of power to customers in Bulloch County by Friday, he was colloquially expressing confidence, not promising 100 percent.

All of Georgia Power's teams are in the field today working to assess damage and restore power.

Georgia Power's CEO said it may take some time before electricity is back to customers. About 114,000 of those were in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Clayton.

About 161,000 Georgia Power customers in DeKalb County were without power Tuesday, almost half of the utility's 318,000 customers in the county. She said the group considers the storm historic.

Some residents said they have been without power for 24 hours. In some cases, trees must be cleared from roadways before line workers can access outages.

Channel 2's Tom Regan traveled to Ash Road where crews had just finished cutting through a tree that was blocking the road.

"A lot of branches down, thing of that nature, creating hazardous situations for driving of course trying to get from one site to another has been quite of a challenge", said driver Michael Marjanov.

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