Georgia Power: “Our crews are standing by and will begin restoring power when it is safe to do so.”
Northwest Georgia: Among the outages at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday:
- Greater Rome: 825 (three clusters), includes 633 in Wax/Bryce area.
- Bartow County: 60-plus, including areas from Adairsville to Acworth.
- Summerville/Chattooga County: 310 (three areas).
- Polk County: 100-plus; includes Aragon, near Rockmart and spots near Cedartown.
Statewide: As of 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, there were nearly 826,000 customers without power in Georgia.
- More than 9,000 individual cases of 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.
- Please see expanded 6 a.m. statement below.
National Weather Service reports Georgia’s total outages top 1.4 million as of 6:30 p.m. Monday (Georgia Power and Georgia EMC combined.)
North Georgia Power: at of 6:20 a.m
- Floyd, Gordon and Chattooga: zero in Floyd, one in Gordon and 64 in Chattooga.
- Remainder of service area: Around 110.
“Good morning, we will continue to respond on social media as quickly as possible, however, due to the increased level of inquiries our response time has increased some. In the meantime we are providing an update on our statewide repair efforts. Thank you for your patience as we work to safely restore power.
As Hurricane Irma clears Georgia, Georgia Power will begin its first day of full-scale damage assessment Tuesday. The company has experienced widespread, extensive damage due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees as a result of the historic hurricane and damage assessment marks the first phase of the restoration process once the storm leaves affected areas. Damage assessment marks the first phase of the restoration process once the storm has left impacted areas.
• There are approximately 840,000 Georgia Power customers currently without power – equivalent to nearly 50 percent of the company’s total residential customer base.
• More than 9,000 individual cases of 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.
Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area. As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored due to the vast damage from Hurricane Irma.