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Power restored to 97 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Michael

October 15, 2018

Georgia Power has restored power to 97 percent, or more than 375,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Michael. Restoration is expected to be completed in the Albany area this evening and in the Bainbridge area by tomorrow night.

The company has more than 5,800 personnel working around the clock to restore power for the approximately 15,000 customers located in the hardest hit areas of Southwest Georgia that received the most destructive damage from Hurricane Michael. All of Georgia Power’s resources are dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state, along with additional resources from assisting utilities.

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:

·  Bainbridge area by Tuesday, Oct. 16 by 8 PM

·  Albany area by Monday, Oct. 15 by 8 PM

·  Americus area – RESTORATION COMPLETED

·  Macon and Central Georgia area – RESTORATION COMPLETED

·  Columbus and West Georgia area – RESTORATION COMPLETED

·  Augusta area – RESTORATION COMPLETED

·  Savannah and Coastal area – RESTORATION COMPLETED

 

Georgia Power estimates that damage from Hurricane Michael includes:

  • More than 3,500 spans of wire down (or over 130 miles)
  • Approximately 1,000 broken or damaged power poles
  • More than 900 fallen trees
  • More than 200 transformers damaged

 

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.