Fast action by utility Georgia Power saw electric service to over 112,000 customers being restored following a severe storm that brought heavy wind and rain through Georgia on Saturday night. The storm left as many as a dozen dead across the southern United States.
As of 11:30 am on Sunday, approximately 11,000 customers were without power with a majority of the outages concentrated to the Rome, Cartersville and Carrollton areas. Customers were warned to plan ahead for outages that last into Sunday evening, due to the accessibility to damage from the storm and difficult terrain.
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Approximately 420 cases of individual damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) were needing replacement or repair as crews work to clear pathways that will enable restoration efforts to continue.
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Damage assessment following widespread impacts from this storm is still in progress throughout Georgia and must be completed as an essential step to efficiently and effectively allocate resources. Additional challenges faced following the storm include downed trees and blocked roads that must be cleared.
Restoration progress since the beginning of the storm has been largely possible thanks to Georgia's advanced electric grid, which allows the company to reroute and restore power even when weather conditions prevent work in the field, as well as early work of crews. Georgia Power has deployed 400 contract personnel to assess the damage as well as to restore power.
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