Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) Address Outages

TUCKER, Ga. – At 7:45 p.m., Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 52,000 customers without power, primarily in north and west Georgia, up from 19,000 this afternoon. 

While crews have restored service to thousands of customers today, outage numbers have increased as another band of winter weather makes its way through the state creating new outages. Numbers could increase throughout the night if conditions worsen and temperatures continue to drop and ice and heavy snow continues to accumulate on trees and power lines. Hard hit areas include Carroll, Cobb, Gilmer, Haralson, Cherokee, Paulding, Pickens, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns and Union Counties.

Crews will be working throughout the night to restore service as quickly and safely as possible. Customers should report power outages by contacting their local EMC and stay away from downed lines and report them immediately to their local utility or call 911.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.  Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

Note: Another update will be provided at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

Meanwhile, visit Georgia EMC’s Storm Center at https://georgiaemc.com/storm-center for up-to-date outage information.