TUCKER, Ga., March 31 – At 4 p.m., EMCs are reporting approximately 23,000 customers without power after severe weather moved through portions of west Georgia and metro Atlanta earlier today.
Crews are working in areas hardest hit with downed trees and power lines and are restoring electricity as quickly and safely as possible.
EMCs caution members to be mindful of the following safety measures to ensure the safety of the public and EMC personnel:
Do not approach line crews given the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Motorists approaching utility linemen at an active work site are required to change lanes or reduce their speed to a proper speed below the posted speed limit. Motorists who do not change lanes or drop their speed to avoid utility workers can be fined up to $250 per incident.
Do not try and remove trees or limbs that have fallen onto power lines.
Continue to use caution and stay away from downed power lines. This is especially true in wet situations and even more so with standing water as a result of this storm.
For further information on EMC outages, please visit this statewide outage map at https://georgiaemc.com/outages. Information is automatically updated every 15 minutes.
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.