Hurricane Idalia cleared Georgia last night allowing Georgia Power to begin full-scale restoration work. There is significant damage due to hurricane force winds, heavy rain and flooding, especially in the hardest hit areas of South and Coastal Georgia. While restoration work is underway, damage assessment continues as well, which will allow us to provide more accurate estimated restoration times by end of day Thursday for the hardest hit areas in the state.
Crews will continue working around-the-clock until all customers impacted by Hurricane Idalia are restored. Customer should keep safety top of mind as conditions after a hurricane are dangerous, especially around fallen trees and debris where power lines, broken poles and other equipment could be hidden.
After the Storm Safety Tips
- Watch for downed power lines. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
- Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
- Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
- Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
- Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.
- Protect electronics and appliances. Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power returns to avoid overloading circuits when power is restored.
Tools You Can Use
- Outage Alerts – Ensure customer contact information is up to date to receive free Georgia Power Outage Alerts, which provide personalized notifications and updates via text message.
- Outage & Storm Center – Available at GeorgiaPower.com/Storm, customers can visit this site to report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information.
- Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.