More than 800,000 Georgia Power and EMC customers mostly in coastal and south Georgia were without power and around 800 flights had been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Most of the outages were on the east coast of the state near Kings Bay, Brunswick and Savannah.
Georgia Power reported 523,000 outages, and Georgia EMC, a trade group that represents electrical utility cooperatives, said nearly 321,000 homes and businesses were without power in its service areas.
Georgia Power reported that about 15,000 of its customers in and around Macon had no electricity as of 11 a.m. Monday.
Coupled with half a foot of rain in spots, the one-two punch of wind and downpours will no doubt snap trees and limbs, blocking roads, damaging houses and leaving thousands of Georgians without power into Tuesday.
Georgia Power’s electric generating plants remain operational to serve customers, even during severe weather.
Electric service could be out indefinitely for many across the South as crews prepared to fix fallen lines in the storm’s wake. “Then the question is getting those resource to the places that need it”.
Once the storm passes, Georgia Power said that its crews would fan out to affected areas and begin repairing lines.
“Depending on the extent of the damage, restoration efforts could take upwards of several days if not weeks”, the company said. With wind gusts reaching 70 miles per hour (112 kph), officials ordered a daytime curfew for the 112,000 residents of Lowndes County, which includes Valdosta.
She said Georgia Power has crews from Georgia, Alabama and MS waiting in three staging areas in Macon, Tifton and Valdosta.
Hurricane Irma has already left millions without power across southern Florida, and outage reports continue to pour in across the state as the mega-storm approaches Tampa Bay.
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and pack your freezer with as many food items as possible.
– Note the location of power lines and poles.
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