Georgia Power has provided estimated restoration times for customers in the hardest hit areas in South and Coastal Georgia following Hurricane Idalia. Damage from the hurricane – which moved across Georgia bringing high winds, fallen trees and flash flooding – was extensive, resulting in 300+ broken poles and 1,100 spans of downed wire. That is roughly more than 40 miles of power lines across Georgia Power’s system.
The company’s restoration team of more than 5,500 personnel continues making progress, restoring nearly 200,000 customers since Wednesday morning. Georgia Power’s restoration team, which includes crews from sister-operating companies, Alabama Power and Mississippi Power, has had to navigate challenging conditions, but crews remain committed to safely restoring power quickly and are working around-the-clock until all customers who can receive power have their lights back on.
Customers in the following areas can expect to have power restored no later than the time posted.
- Brunswick Area – 95% restored by 2 p.m. on Friday
- Savannah Area – 95% restored by 8 p.m. on Friday
- Tifton Area – 95% restored by 10 p.m. on Friday
- Valdosta and Waycross Area – 95% restored by 11:30 p.m. on Saturday
Georgia Power encourages customers to continue keeping safety in mind and offers tools to stay connected, after this storm and every day.
After the Storm Safety Tips
- Watch for downed power lines. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
- Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
- Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
- Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
- Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.
- Protect electronics and appliances. Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power returns to avoid overloading circuits when power is restored.
Tools You Can Use
- Outage Alerts – Ensure customer contact information is up to date to receive free Georgia Power Outage Alerts, which provide personalized notifications and updates via text message.
- Outage & Storm Center – Available at GeorgiaPower.com/Storm, customers can visit this site to report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information.
- Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
- @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).