Since beginning of storm, service restored to 481,000 customers
ATLANTA – Feb. 13, 2014 – Georgia Power announced this evening that, based on current information, electric service will be restored to 95 percent of customers within the Metro Atlanta area by 6 p.m. on Friday. Additionally, 95 percent of customers outside of the Metro Atlanta area, including heavily affected areas south of Metro Atlanta and along Interstate 20 (I-20), are estimated to have service restored by or before midnight Saturday. Approximately 8,000 Georgia Power employees, contractors and personnel providing emergency assistance through a mutual assistance network worked together in the aftermath of the storm to restore power.
The severe weather, which began impacting service to Georgia Power customers around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, has caused approximately 615,000 outages to customers across the state over the multi-day duration of the storm.
“Our men and women have faced one of the most disruptive storms in our history – we’re extremely proud of their tireless efforts to get service restored to customers as soon as possible,” said Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “We want to thank our customers for their patience as we have worked around the clock to remove hundreds of fallen trees and branches, and repair lines damaged by ice and snow. We are committed to restoring power to all of our customers as quickly and safely as possible.”
As of 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, 129,000 active outages remained throughout the state. Georgia Power will continue to work to restore power to customers affected by this weather while ensuring that restoration crews are working effectively, efficiently and safely. The company will have personnel in the field until all customers that can take service are back online and will relocate teams to any remaining outages based on needs and resources.