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Lights back on for thousands of Georgians

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The lights are back on for thousands of south Georgia's who went more than 30 hours without power.

At Georgia Power's operations center in Albany, out of state crews were lined up Thursday morning waiting to see if there was more work to do. 60 crews from Pike Electric Corporation came to south Georgia from Tampa along with 20 crews from another contractor. By midnight, they had power reconnected to more than 2,200 customers who didn't have electricity most of yesterday.

"This is the largest storm ever to hit with such intensity in such a short period of time, so within the first 24 hours, at the close of the first 24 hours in the south region we had 45,000 customers out, we had it down to 4,100 or 4,200 customers by 8:00 Wednesday morning," said Henry Everson, Georgia Power Engineering Supervisor.

EMC's statewide still had about 1,900 customers without power Thursday. Work was slowed by the need to remove trees and replace so many broken utility poles. Customers who must repair their homes before power can be reconnected are the only ones still without power. Georgia Power and Mitchell EMC's thanked customers for their patience and businesses who provided workers with food.

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