EMCs Continue Power Restoration

TUCKER, Ga. – At 7:30 p.m., Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 135,000 customers without power, down from 149,000 this afternoon.

This storm produced as much as 10 inches of snow in some areas and caused heavy damage in Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding and Union Counties. Other affected counties include Bartow, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and White Counties.

To assist with the pace of restoration, nearly 300 additional linemen and 50 right-of-way crews from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida have descended upon the affected areas. Crews will be working throughout the night to restore service, and fresh crews will be deployed in the early hours tomorrow to continue work.

EMCs recommend the following generator safety tips:

  • Never use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially-enclosed areas, even with ventilation.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Locate the unit outdoors and away from doors, windows and vents.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  • Test your CO alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.

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.

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