DeKalb County CEO declares local state of emergency following Irma damage

14 September, 2017, 04:44 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Power outages hit more than 840000 Georgia customers

Less than 5,000 Georgia Power customers in Lowndes County were still without electricity at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The cooperatives are providing assistance through mutual aid agreements between the nation's almost 1,000 electric cooperatives, which help one another during natural disasters, including power restoration efforts.

"We have damage from one end of the state to the other - from Tybee to Trenton up in northwest Georgia - so it is very widespread damage", said John Kraft, a spokesperson Tybee to Trenton up in northwest Georgia - so it is very widespread damage", said John Kraft, a spokesperson with Georgia Power.

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) assembled a team of approximately 19,500 restoration workers, the largest such effort in the company's efforts.

Due to high winds, fallen trees and extensive damage, extended power outages are expected to continue.

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"We have the largest restoration workforce in USA history responding to the worst storm in our company's history", Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, said.

Crews are working around the clock to restore power. "We will be bringing some customers back, but it may take a couple more days; it may take over a week to get customers back on", he said.

Approximately 870,000 Georgia Power customers, half of the company's residential customer base, are now without power.

More than 8,500 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to fix.

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Georgia Power crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service to all impacted areas.

Damage and outages are widespread and across the state with the hurricane impacting service to customers around Savannah, Columbus, Metro Atlanta and beyond.

"DeKalb County has taken the brunt of the hit of Irma in metro Atlanta", CEO Thurmond said. It will simultaneously work to fix power transmission lines and damaged substations that affect the largest number of customers.

Opelika Power Services confirms around 500 customers remain without power Monday evening.

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