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Georgia Power Crews Respond to Outages From Tropical Storm Fred

Aug. 19, 2021
About 8,000 customers were impacted statewide as of Aug. 17, mostly due to fallen trees, limbs and debris.

Georgia Power crews responded to scattered outages on Aug. 17 as a result of heavy rain and gusty winds associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. As of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, about 8,000 customers statewide were without power as the weather system continued to move north through the state.

Crews discovered downed wires and broken poles in some areas caused by fallen trees, limbs and debris, and worked throughout the day to make repairs. Heavy rains and saturated soil could mean wind gusts are likely to bring down trees that could cause additional outages.

Reducing Restoration Time
The company continually invests in infrastructure to increase the day-to-day reliability of its systems and shorten outage and repair time. The company's use of Smart Grid technology and increased automation in recent years mean an increased ability to more quickly isolate outages that do occur to smaller numbers of customers and reroute power remotely for improved reliability.

In addition, Georgia Power's operational plans, systems, infrastructure and generating plants are all designed to enhance the resiliency of the network to best withstand major occurrences, such as severe weather events, including tornadoes, hurricanes and extreme heat or cold. Resiliency investments include upgrading transmission and distribution infrastructure across the power grid.

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