EMCs Report 13,000 Outages

TUCKER, Ga. – The electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state.

Since yesterday morning, cooperatives were watching weather forecasts closely and began following their emergency plans to have all resources in place. If needed, affected EMCs will call upon neighboring cooperatives and contract crews to assist in restoration efforts.

High winds caused trees to topple power lines and block many road ways, so much of today’s work will involve removing trees so crews can access damaged areas and begin restoring service.

Customers should contact their local EMC to report any power outages and can obtain storm updates through their respective EMC web site.

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.