EMC crews head north as cold moves in

EMC crews head north as cold moves in
idney Zipperer, Colquitt EMC Operations Manager
idney Zipperer, Colquitt EMC Operations Manager

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Freezing temperatures are blowing into South Georgia, and we could get down below 20 degrees later this week.

Friday morning is expected to be the coldest day in this arctic blast, and the record low is 23 degrees.

Anyone who works outside is encouraged to wear plenty of layers and take frequent breaks to get in from the cold.

Luckily, rain isn't expected so icy roads, trees and power lines shouldn't be an issue, but there are still steps to take when this cold weather hits.

"Just be aware of your surroundings. If you don't need to be out in it, don't be out in it. Stay in close contact with your immediates to see what the weather will be and just take appropriate precautions," said Dougherty Co. EMA Director Jim Vaught.

It's falling steadily and could get below freezing, so make sure to check your pets, pipes, and plants.

We'll continue to monitor these cold temperatures and you can always get weather updates online and throughout the day on our weather app.

More than 40,000 Georgia Power customers remain without power after ice and freezing rain fell in north Georgia.

EMC crews from Valdosta, Moultrie, and Tifton headed north to help restore the power.

Jackson EMC near Athens requested the help this morning, and line men say it's common for crews from other parts of the state to respond when demand is more than one group can handle.

"We'll be there for an undetermined amount of time. We don't have ice storms here but in the case of a natural disaster here, they would do the same for us," said Sidney Zipperer, Colquitt EMC Operations Manager.

Mitchell EMC, Georgia Power, and Sumter EMC are also sending crews.

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