Statewide restoration efforts ahead of schedule — Georgia Power

A broken distribution pole in Decatur Georgia following Hurricane Irma

If using a generator, follow all manufacturers' connection and safety instructions and shut the generator down before reconnecting to Georgia Power service.

The hurricane, one of the strongest and largest storms to strike Georgia in decades, brought high winds, heavy rain and flooding to every county in the state and impacted service to almost 1 million Georgia Power customers.

Savannah/Brunswick - Sept. 16, 10 p.m.

Four days after facing Hurricane Irma's impact, hundreds of thousands of people in South Florida are still without power. Damage assessment and restoration efforts started in earnest once weather conditions allowed following the storm and, by Tuesday night, more than 60 percent (590,000 customers) of Georgia Power customers impacted by the hurricane had service restored.

Watch for downed wires.

Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state.

Tree damage in Wrens Georgia following Hurricane Irma
Statewide restoration efforts ahead of schedule — Georgia Power

FPL said after repairing any damage to its power plants and the lines that carry electricity from the generating facilities, the company next restores "critical facilities", like hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters. While the company has contacted and requested aid through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida first before travelling to Georgia.

There are now less than 75,000 customers experiencing outages.

In Manatee County, 34,970 Florida Power and Light customers and 279 cooperatives customers were still in the dark, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The number of power outages in the Athens area caused by Tropical Storm Irma continued to drop on Thursday.

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