More than 1.2 million Georgians without power following Irma

A tree fell Monday afternoon in Dublin, Georgia due to high winds from Tropical Storm Irma and took a power line down with it / Courtesy of TG Simmons 

GEORGIA (WGXA) -- As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, more than 1.2 million Georgians were without power as a result of Tropical Storm Irma.

Irma tore through the state beginning in the early hours of Monday. Tropical storm force winds pummeled much of the state for hours, pulling down trees and power lines.

Because of the danger associated with the speed and strength of winds early Monday afternoon, many crews were called off from repairing downed power lines and clearing debris.

At around 2 p.m., Senior Vice President of Member and Community Relations for Flint Energies Jimmy Autry said that 35 percent of Flint Energies customers were out of power.

Autry said that the company is anticipating a "multi-day restoration event once linemen are able to re-enter the field."

Similarly, Georgia Power, released a statement Monday afternoon that stated that "once the storm leaves affected areas, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process."

As of 1 p.m., the company reported having more than 410,000 customers without power. By 5 p.m., Georgia Power's online outage map showed that almost 900,000 customers were without power throughout the state.

Additionally, Georgia EMC reported having more than 375,000 customers without power as of 3 p.m. Monday with crews reporting that conducting damage assessments was proving to be "especially challenging and time-intensive" because of "difficulty reaching many areas due to extreme wind, downed trees and debris blocking roadways."

It is not clear when power will be restored to Georgians remaining without power into Monday afternoon.

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