As a result of widespread damage and power outages due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees, Georgia Power officials predict restoration of electricity could take several days. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers.
Two hundred additional crew members and contractors from neighboring utilities were helping restore power to Jackson EMC customers. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that must be inspected by the state following flooding.
Once conditions are safe, damage assessment teams will enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews.
Theresa Robinson, External Affairs Manager at Georgia Power says, "Always have a storm kit that's got perishable foods, water, flashlights, first aid and your medications". Many Downtown universities, such as Georgia State, University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have all closed their doors for today and cancelled classes.
Both Jackson EMC and Georgia Power were working on solutions throughout Monday afternoon.
Power outages have transpired due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.
As of about 6 p.m., Jackson EMC reported 27,998 customers without power.
According to its website, outages in the Athens area affected almost 5,000 customers - 3,146 in Jackson County, 1,133 in Barrow County, 30 in Clarke County and 317 in Madison County.
"Every region in the state has been affected, and it's going to take time for us to get back to normal in terms of power restoration", Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers said in a news conference Tuesday.
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Georgia EMC's district engineering coordinator Bennie Bagwell said they're hoping to have all their power restored by Thursday. 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.