After 16,000 to 17,000 Georgia Power customers in Bulloch County lost electrical service during the height of the storm Monday, line crews had reduced the number of outages so that fewer than 300 Bulloch customers were offline by Tuesday afternoon. "So the whole utility industry is pulling together to try to help in such a widespread disaster", he said.
Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp. reported that as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, 8,722 customers in its 14 counties were still without power, down from more than 11,000 on Tuesday. About 114,000 of those were in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Clayton.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Appalachian Power says it's sending hundreds of employees and contract workers to Florida and Georgia to help areas affected by Hurricane Irma. It is a unit of American Electric Power.
Watkins mentioned that about 139,000 are without power in Atlanta.
Thousands of crew members have been working to restore power for Georgians across the state after Tropical Storm Irma.
Bringing a newcomer's perspective, Sawhill said he found the efforts of Georgia Power linemen, other crew members and staff "nothing short of amazing" during the storm response.
Georgia Power said the huge number of outages presented "a significant challenge", and that it may take several days to complete all the repairs.
He said the city initially had about 60 sites where city workers had to wait for Georgia Power to de-energize power lines damaged by downed trees.
This is a first for Line Mechanic Brian Smith, heading out to help another utility restore power.