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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Information from Georgia Power-

ATLANTA – Thousands of Georgia Power employees, contractors and workers from other utilities are currently deployed across the state working to return service as quickly as possible to 219,000 customers currently without power.

As the weather has cleared and snow and freezing rain has left the state, the company is ensuring that restoration crews are working effectively, efficiently and safely in areas across the state impacted by the severe snow and ice. 

Since 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Georgia Power has restored power service to 329,000 customers.  Also since 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, service has been temporarily interrupted to a total of 554,000 customers due to the impact of the snow and ice on trees and power lines.    

There are currently more than 219,000 active outages in Georgia. Areas hardest hit by icing include communities in South Metro Atlanta and Augusta.    

Georgia Power reminds customers to stay safe while power restoration is underway. If customers believe that a power line might be down near their home due to ice or snow, do not approach it or try to move it. Contact Georgia Power or local authorities immediately.   

Georgia Power customers can report new outages, or check the status of an outage, at

www.georgiapower.com/storm and by phone at 888-891-0938.

Customers can also visit the website to sign up for Outage Alerts, which will automatically notify them via phone, text or email when there is a service interruption and provide them with updates.

The company also provides a wide variety of useful information for customers online, including tips to help them prepare for severe weather, how to stay safe during a storm, and resources for customers after the storm has passed.

 

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