Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Appalachian Power employees to fix hurricane damage in Georgia and Florida

Appalachian Power employees to fix hurricane damage in Georgia and Florida

Georgia Power Co., which reported about 340,000 customers without power throughout the state on Wednesday, updated their figures Thursday afternoon to show that statewide number fell to about 114,000. "Today alone, the number of workers dedicated to the Irma response grew by nearly 10,000 as initial damage assessments were completed". "There were almost a million customers out Monday night; half of our residential customers were without power, from one end of the state to another". Crews will need to rebuild some infrastructure in Florida before hey can restore power to all customers.

A section of Bells Ferry Road, just north of West Hermitage Road, remained closed Tuesday afternoon, as Georgia Power continued to work to get a downed power line up off the ground.

The numbers are constantly changing as crews work to restore power in many neighborhoods. "This will help to speed restoration times, and I truly appreciate the support of the entire industry in this effort". "People have helped us in the past and that's what we're doing in this case, sending people down to Florida, just like we've sent folks to Texas earlier".

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Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Sunday night.

Many of our viewers were left in the dark due to tropical storm Irma, but thanks to the quick response from Georgia Power, Georgia EMC's and local utilities, many of homes that could have been in the dark for days now have power. Customers using generators should plug appliances directly into the generator and follow all safety warnings.

EEI's Storm Center is a resource for real-time information and explanations of the restoration process. According to the utility's outage map, less than five customers were impacted. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Duke Energy reports that approximately 287,000 customers are without power.

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EEI is the association that represents all USA investor-owned electric companies.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for six coastal counties ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma including Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties.

-Peace River Electric Cooperative was unable to provide estimates. In addition to our USA members, EEI has more than 60 global electric companies, with operations in more than 90 countries, as worldwide Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.

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