Power out? You could be in the dark for a week

Power out? You could be in the dark for a week

Canoochee EMC is reporting 10,840 customers are without power.

The day started with 31,000 outages in south and southeast Georgia, but EMC representatives warned that numbers would increase as the effects of Hurricane Irma pummeled the state.

About 161,000 Georgia Power customers in DeKalb County were without power Tuesday, almost half of the utility's 318,000 customers in the county. The highest number of outages Monday in Muscogee was 26,207.

"We work hard to make sure our customers have reliable service, and our teams take great satisfaction in being able to help others when needed", added Carlson.

"EMCs stress that damage from Irma is a historic outage event in Georgia and it will take days to completely replace or fix power lines and power poles in every corner of the state", the statement said.

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Crews are working around the clock to restore power. "Everybody has an obligation and duty as a Georgia Power employee and everybody has a storm role and responsibility", Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told WSB-TV's Aaron Diamant.

According to reports, more than 1.4 million Georgia homes and businesses lost power during the height of the storm Monday.

Statewide, 737,274 of Georgia Power's 2,437,612 don't have electricity. Georgia EMC utilities brought in 3,000 crew members from 13 states to help out.

The utility companies said repairs and replacement of downed power lines could take several days.

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