Hurricane Idalia entered Valdosta, designated as "Tree City, USA" by Georgia's Forestry Commission, this morning and is making its way up the state wreaking havoc in its path. Heavy rain caused flash flooding and hurricane-force winds toppled trees damaging power poles and downing electric lines. Since the storm began impacting the state, Georgia Power has restored service to more than 40,000 customers. Currently as of 4:30 PM, 132,396 customers are without power.
A small army of thousands of Georgia Power restoration crews, along with partner crews from Alabama Power and Mississippi Power, are in place in anticipation of Hurricane Idalia. The teams are working to assess the damage and start restoration work as soon as winds are under 35 MPH. Crews will continue working around-the-clock to restore power to customers who are impacted by this powerful force of nature. As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored.
The company asks customers to continue heeding warnings from their safety officials and reminds customers to keep safety a top priority following the hurricane. It offers the following tips to stay safe, connected and informed.