Georgia Power assessing damage, restoring power following severe thunderstorms

ATLANTA, July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As severe weather continues across the state, Georgia Power crews are assessing damage and working…

ATLANTA, July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As severe weather continues across the state, Georgia Power crews are assessing damage and working to restore power to customers impacted. Severe storms continue to produce high winds, heavy rain and lightning that have led to fallen trees, downed power lines and scattered service interruptions. Damage includes broken poles, damaged transformers and numerous spans of wire down.

Company personnel have worked through the afternoon and into the evening where safety conditions allow. Line crews, tree personnel and more are in the field working to restore power to approximately 21,000 customers impacted by the storms as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, with the majority in several metro Atlanta counties.

With scattered instances of severe weather expected to continue impacting parts of the state, Georgia Power reminds customers that dangerous conditions exist following severe storms and urges customers to remain safe and stay weather aware, particularly in avoiding downed wires if out during overnight hours.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don’t step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law in Georgia.
  • Protect electronics and appliances and speed restoration. Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power returns to avoid overloading circuits when power is restored.

Georgia Power continues to monitor changing weather conditions and shares the following tools for severe weather preparedness.

Tools You Can Use

  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power’s interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company’s promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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