EMCs See Significant Increase in Power Outages
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Posted by: Terri Statham
TUCKER, Ga. – This morning Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 160,000 customers without power, primarily in south and middle Georgia. As Hurricane Michael made landfall yesterday afternoon and made its way through the state, EMC representatives warned that numbers would increase as the effects of the storm battered Georgia.
At first light, and when it is safe for workers, EMC crews will descend upon hardest hit areas to begin damage assessments and initial restoration work, and outage numbers could increase as damage assessment is completed. This storm in particular, which has generated sustained winds in excess of 100 mph, caused widespread damage to trees, power lines and power poles. In some cases, trees must be cleared from roadways before line workers can access outages.
EMCs began preparations for Hurricane Michael nearly a week ago and have participated in daily discussions with co-ops from across the country to arrange for extra crews, trucks and equipment. Help has arrived or is on the way from Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. Extra help will be vital to the restoration effort which includes impassable roadways in many areas and hours upon hours to clear debris and trees before work can begin on downed lines.
The cooperatives are providing assistance through mutual aid agreements between the nation's nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives, which help one another during natural disasters, including power restoration efforts.
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. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Important Note: Another outage update will be provided later today.