Across the state, more than 200,000 Georgia Power customers have had their electric service restored since the beginning of Tropical Storm Hermine. Once powerful winds subsided and conditions were safe for working at an elevation of more than 30 feet high, crews immediately began working to restore service as quickly as possible yesterday afternoon. Georgia Power's Coastal Region was hardest hit, with more than 100,000 customers impacted by heavy rain and high winds. The company has restored service to more than 70,000 of those customers and is working as swiftly and safely as possible to restore the remaining 30,000 customers. This is 10 percent of Coastal customers.
Georgia Power monitored Hermine for a week prior to landfall. The company's Storm Center in Atlanta has been open around the clock since Thursday tracking the storm and coordinating the company's response to restore service as quickly as possible. The company mobilized more than 3,200 personnel – including thousands of employees, contractors and crews from across the Southern Company system who moved into the Coastal area overnight – to respond to service interruptions. Hermine's forceful winds made it difficult for crews to work safely on Friday and impeded their progress much of the day.
As of noon Saturday, approximately 33,000 customers were without power – primarily in Savannah and the company's Coastal Region. Georgia Power line crews, field teams and all available resources were doing everything they could to restore power quickly and safely, including having electricians repair damaged electrical wiring on the outside of customers' homes.