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Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first when storms bring down trees and power lines

Crews work to address scattered outages as of midday Thursday. Company continues to monitor weather for storms across Georgia



ATLANTA – May 9, 2024 – Georgia Power reminds its customers to always keep safety first, especially following storms with the potential to bring down trees and power lines. Just as it makes safety a priority for its employees, the company helps customers stay safe with important reminders to watch for and avoid downed wires including those that may be concealed by storm debris or standing water. A variety of safety tips and ways to report downed or low-hanging wires can be found below. 

 Georgia Power teams are responding to scattered service interruptions following severe weather that hit the state overnight bringing heavy rains, lightning and high winds. Overnight, the company worked in the field and behind the scenes through its control centers, automated systems and smart grid technology, restoring service to more than 15,000 customers mainly in northern Georgia. With limited outages as of midday Thursday, crews are working to restore approximately 10,000 customers currently out statewide in the hardest hit areas. Teams will continue working until all customers are restored.  


The company continues to monitor severe weather expected today and overnight and encourages customers to stay weather aware. Georgia Power crews remain prepared to respond to new storms and outages should they occur. 
 

Important safety tips: 

*Never touch any downed or low hanging wire. Always assume power lines are energized. Report the location of any downed or low hanging line to local authorities at 911 and to Georgia Power’s outage reporting number: 888-891-0938.
*Never try to make your own electrical repairs to Georgia Power equipment. Let our highly trained crews do the dangerous work when it comes to restoring power.
*Never pull tree limbs off power lines as they could be energized.
*Never enter areas with debris or downed trees. Dangerous power lines may be buried in the wreckage.
*Exercise caution near chain link fences. Dangerous lines may touch the metal.
*Avoid stepping in standing water after a storm as it may conceal live power lines.
*Never connect portable generators to your household electrical wiring. *Connect only essential appliances like freezers and refrigerators directly to a generator and follow manufacturer directions.
*Never walk into areas where crews are at work. If driving near work crews, follow Georgia’s “Move Over” law and proceed cautiously.
 
For additional tips on preparing for severe weather and the latest information on outages and estimated restoration times, visit GeorgiaPower.com/storm. The site features information on a variety of severe weather topics including watches vs. warnings, staying connected and electrical safety as well as resources like Georgia Power Outage Alerts. Customers can also follow @GeorgiaPower on X for storm updates. 

 

     
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