EMCs Marching Closer to Complete Restoration

TUCKER, Ga. 5 a.m. – EMCs are reporting 14,750 customers across the state without service due to catastrophic damage caused by Tropical Storm Irma and hurricane-force winds.

While Irma delivered a blow to EMCs and their 550,000 customers who lost power, she was no match for more than 4,500 linemen and hundreds of additional support personnel who have worked tirelessly on what has become a historic weather and outage event in Georgia.

In the final phase of restoration, crews are working in the most heavily damaged areas of their system and addressing remote and scattered outages.

Tropical Storm Irma may become the largest and most widespread outage event for EMCs in Georgia. In fact, all 41 EMCs sustained damage in every corner of the state, while some co-ops reported damage to as much as 90 percent of their distribution network.

EMCs expect the majority of remaining outages will be restored by midnight tonight, but some scattered and remote outages in the most heavily damaged areas may extend to Sunday evening.

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, half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area.

Note: A final update is scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight. In the meanwhile, for outage updates visit https://georgiaemc.com/storm-center/current-outages.