EMC Outages Increase Overnight

Tucker, Ga. – At 5:30 a.m., Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 96,000 customers without power, up from 52,000 last night.

A second band of winter weather produced heavy snowfall, while falling temperatures caused ice to form on trees and power lines. Damage has been especially problematic in Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Cherokee, Haralson, Paulding, Rabun, Towns and Union Counties.

EMCs warned last night that numbers could increase if conditions worsened and temperatures continued to drop and ice and heavy snow continued to accumulate on trees and power lines.

A major challenge yesterday was reaching these areas and removing fallen trees. Today, crews will face those obstacles while also navigating treacherous road conditions on secondary roads to reach many outages. Nevertheless, they will work non-stop until all power is restored.

Additional crews from unaffected areas began arriving yesterday to assist in the restoration effort, while others will arrive early this morning to lend assistance.

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.

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