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Moultrie family struggles through power outages

Thousands of south Georgians are in the dark on Friday. (Source: WALB) Thousands of south Georgians are in the dark on Friday. (Source: WALB)
Moultrie resident George Esther  (Source: WALB) Moultrie resident George Esther (Source: WALB)
Moultrie's Utilities Department said the outages were more extensive than they expected. (Source: WALB) Moultrie's Utilities Department said the outages were more extensive than they expected. (Source: WALB)
Moultrie's Director of Utilities Elvira Gibson (Source: WALB) Moultrie's Director of Utilities Elvira Gibson (Source: WALB)
Utilities officials hope to have all power restored by Saturday morning. (Source: WALB) Utilities officials hope to have all power restored by Saturday morning. (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Thousands of south Georgians are in the dark on Friday.

Crews will be working all night to restore power knocked out when Tropical Storm Hermine blew through early this morning.

Moultrie's Utilities Department said the outages were more extensive than they expected.

One family said the lack of power is putting a family member's life at risk.

Tree limbs and debris give a glimpse at Hermine's havoc in Moultrie.

The power at George Esther's home in Moultrie got knocked out around 2 am.

He hasn't been without electricity this long in the 15 years he's lived here.

"I don't know what we're going to do tonight until they get it on. It's just a problem," said Esther.

A problem because of his 83 year-old mother-in-law's health.

"She has to eat certain food and breakfast wise we can't keep giving her fast food, that will mess up her health," said Esther.

Recently, she had a stroke and now walks with a cane and relies on a vital ADT machine to help with her diabetes.

But without power, it's useless.

Moultrie's Director of Utilities Elvira Gibson said crews from Moultrie, Blakely and Ellaville are working to restore power.

Gibson said she's never seen anything quite as extensive as Thursday night's storm.

"Our crews have been here over 24 hours already, we won't stop," said Gibson.

Esther hopes those crews will get results at his home soon.

At 7 o'clock, Esther is still cleaning up the debris in his front yard.

But it's not the first time the city has taken awhile to respond.

"A lot of times like the transformers blow and it takes them awhile to come and just turn it back on," said Esther.

$200 worth of food has already gone down the drain and there's only so long Esther can wait.

At his home, being without electricity is more than just an inconvenience.

"They got to be better prepared and don't have so many trucks. Do the emergency situations first," said Esther.

So far, 90 percent of residents have power.

Utilities officials hope to have all power restored by Saturday morning.

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