Power restored to 99 percent of Georgia Power customers impacted by Hurricane Irma

Nearly 1 million customers reconnected ahead of schedule; company concluding work in severely damaged areas

Georgia Power had restored power to 99 percent of customers, or 990,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Irma by September 16th. More than 8,000 personnel were mobilized as part of the company's restoration effort, including all of Georgia Power's resources, as well as assistance from other Southern Company operating companies and dozens of other companies and assisting utilities. While work is nearly complete and ahead of schedule, all personnel in the field remain focused on reconnecting the limited number of customers who remain without power in the state due to the hurricane.

"The destruction from Hurricane Irma was unprecedented across Georgia, and throughout the Southeast, and I'm extremely proud of and thankful for the work and dedication of our teams to restore service to nearly all impacted customers ahead of schedule," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "Our job is not finished until every customer is reconnected and we want to thank the millions of customers who depend on us for electric service every day for their patience during restoration. I also want to personally thank our sister operating companies, as well as all utility, public safety and governmental partners who worked together over the past weeks to prepare for and recover from Hurricane Irma."

Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia. The hurricane brought severe weather, including high winds, heavy rain and flooding, to every corner of the state. All of Georgia Power's resources were held in the state prior to the storm and remained in Georgia to lead the company's restoration effort. Restoration teams were widely distributed as widespread damage was expected and faced challenging conditions for days following Hurricane Irma including downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that had to be inspected by the state after area flooding.

Georgia Power estimates that damage from Hurricane Irma could include:

• Nearly 1,500 broken or damaged power poles
• More than 6,000 spans of wire (or nearly 230 miles)
• Nearly 2,400 fallen trees
• Approximately 450 transformers damaged


Customers in some of the hardest hits areas of Georgia may not be able reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service. The company cannot, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

Editor
ATLANTA TREND™

For questions or feedback, please contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Social Media Corner

Subscribe ATLANTA TREND

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Enter Email Address
For Email Marketing you can trust

Market Report

Loading
Chart
o Coca-Cola content-type content▼type (content-type%)
o HomeDepot content-type content▼type (content-type%)
o Delta content-type content▼type (content-type%)
o NCR content-type content▼type (content-type%)
NYSE:KO

Coca-Cola

Company ID [NYSE:KO] Last trade:content-type Trade time:content-type Value change:content▼type (content-type%)
NYSE:HD

HomeDepot

Company ID [NYSE:HD] Last trade:content-type Trade time:content-type Value change:content▼type (content-type%)
NYSE:DAL

Delta

Company ID [NYSE:DAL] Last trade:content-type Trade time:content-type Value change:content▼type (content-type%)
NYSE:NCR

NCR

Company ID [NYSE:NCR] Last trade:content-type Trade time:content-type Value change:content▼type (content-type%)