In the northwest region, more than 4,000 Georgia Power customers lost power due to the storm, however only 410 customers remained without power as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
In Gordon County at the height of the storm, more than 4000 customers were out of power, according to a press release from North Georgia EMC.
Initial damage assessments indicated more than 100 broken utility poles, however field personnel have confirmed a greater scope of destruction as the pole count has risen to approximately 130 and the damage to electric system proves to be substantial. Crew members from the EPB of Chattanooga, Carroll EMC, Coweta Fayette EMC,Diversified Services, Sumter Utilities, WA Kendall, Asplundh, Trees Unlimited, and CN Utility Consultants have joined the NGEMC crews.
As crews move into the final stages of the restoration efforts, progress will move more slowly as crews are re-building spans of power lines, each of which may provide service to small pockets of customers.
NGEMC officials urge residents to stay away from areas where emergency and power crews are working. Members are encouraged to prepare for extended outages, which may last through Friday in the most severely impacted areas.
For updated power outage information please visit www.ngemc.com and NGEMC’s Facebook page.
Stay away from fallen power lines and report them immediately to NGEMC, your local utility, or 911.
The NGEMC office phone number in Calhoun is (706) 629-3160.