PRNewswire 12-Oct-2018 4:47 PM
ATLANTA, Oct. 12, 2018
ATLANTA, Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As of 4 p.m. Friday, Georgia Power has restored power to 322,000 customers following Hurricane Michael and updated estimated restoration times for three areas – Americus, Macon and Columbus – now expected to be restored a full day earlier than previously announced. Restoration in the Savannah and Coastal area will be completed earlier, too, by 6 p.m. today.
The company has more than 5,200 personnel working around the clock to restore power for the approximately 68,000 customers located in the hardest hit areas that received the most destructive damage from Hurricane Michael. All of Georgia Power's resources are dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state, and the company continues to mobilize additional resources from assisting utilities as they become available.
Georgia Power has posted the estimated restoration times (ERTs) for customers who are able to receive electric service in the following areas with these projected times:
Updated: See attached map for the path of the storm, the wind fields and resulting outages.
While damage assessment began yesterday, teams continue to face challenging conditions such as downed trees and impassible roads that require clearing. Georgia Power continues working closely with Georgia Emergency Management Agency and local governments to accelerate restoration efforts at critical locations (hospitals and medical care centers) in the hardest hit areas.
The company encourages customers to keep safety first following Hurricane Michael:
Teams in the Field
When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving approximately 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm.
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Georgia Power Family Services
To help its employees focus on safely restoring power for customers and relieve concerns about their own families, Georgia Power has also activated its Family Services volunteers, who are preparing to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane Michael in anticipation of employee assistance requests. Family Services is supported by employee volunteers who are not involved with storm restoration.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. 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 focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).
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