AR Lineman Nearly Electrocuted Working to Restore Power in Georgia

Georgia Power will not offer to expedite power restoration for an additional fee. The safety of Georgia Power crews and all of the personnel working with us around the clock to restore power for customers following Hurricane Irma is our top priority.

Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. reported Saturday morning about 26,000 Georgia customers were still without power because of Tropical Storm Irma.

About 550,000 of the EMCs’ customers lost power during the storm. There were 395 in Jones County and fewer than 10 customers without power in Monroe, Peach, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties, respectively, according to Georgia Power’s outage map. The out-of-town linemen are sleeping on floors in gymnasiums and civic centers while Georgia Power continues storm restoration.

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Georgia Power officials say the worker is a subcontractor for a company based in Arkansas. About 2,600 of those were in metro Atlanta, according to Georgia EMC. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.

Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service.

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