Georgia Power set to restore 95% of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma
Written By: Katherine Demetre
September 13, 2017
On Sept. 13, 2017, Georgia Power announced that it expects to have service restored to 95 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Sept 17. The estimate is the result of a full-scale damage assessment which was completed Sept 11-12 as an essential step to efficiently and effectively allocate resources.
According to the company, the hurricane, one of the strongest and largest storms to strike Georgia in decades, brought high winds, heavy rain and flooding to every county in the state and impacted service to nearly 1 million Georgia Power customers. Damage assessment and restoration efforts started in earnest once weather conditions allowed following the storm and, by Tuesday night, more than 60 percent (590,000 customers) of Georgia Power customers impacted by the hurricane had service restored.
The company estimates that thousands of customers in some of the hardest hits parts of the state may not be able to reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs to private property prior to reconnecting to service.