About half of DeKalb County lost power due to Hurricane Irma

About half of DeKalb County lost power due to Hurricane Irma

Georgia Power is reporting state wide more than 770,000 customers are now without electricity.

Georgia Power reported 523,000 outages, and Georgia EMC, a trade group that represents electrical utility cooperatives, said nearly 321,000 homes and businesses were without power in its service areas.

HURRICANE IRMA, now a Category 1 storm, has killed one person in Georgia, an emergency management official has confirmed to the AP.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state's 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

A spokesman for Georgia EMCs released a similar statement.

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Inside the company's command center in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, staff worked to ensure the right resources were in the right places, but Hawkins said this won't be a quick process. "We will be bringing some customers back, but it may take a couple more days; it may take over a week to get customers back on", he said. Georgia EMC customers can find more information on their website.

According to the Atlanta utility's outage map, the eastern part of metro Atlanta area was being hit with largest number of outages, with roughly 35,000 customers affected in North Druid Hills, Decatur and Stone Mountain.

More than 800,000 homes and businesses in south Georgia have lost power, utility providers have said. He cautioned that recovery could take longer because the storm affected the entire state.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal lifted an evacuation order Tuesday for almost 540,000 coastal residents.

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