Much of Georgia, from St. Mary’s to Trenton, is dealing with power outages today after Irma brought winds and rain to the entire state yesterday. Quite a few of our own contributors are without power and/or internet. Below is an update sent over from Georgia Power as of 11:30am Tuesday. For those who think they should be working faster, the attached photo is the sleeping arrangements for linemen – when they’re given a few random hours to sleep.
Damage Update – As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday
There are nearly 770,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power.
More than 8,500 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.
Damage and outages are widespread and across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.
EMC’s are reporting 428,000 customers w/out power, down from 466,000 as of 10 AM.
DETAILS ON RESTORATION EFFORT
• The EMC’s and GPC retained all their crews in Georgia, and staged them yesterday away from the coast for safety reasons.
• As the storm cleared south Georgia and high winds calmed, they went to work primarily in the southern part of the state.
• Many of the restorations from the peak were primarily in the southern part of the state yesterday evening.
• As winds calmed last evening in the northern part of the state, crews began additional work there.
• They are being supported by teams from across the country, and to a larger extent from utilities in Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida.
• As you saw, this storm had state-wide impact and unlike isolated ice storms for example, these outages are widely dispersed across the state.
• This is an unusual and wide-spread event that with take time for recovery.