After storm safety crucial as crews work to restore power throughout Georgia
MACON, Ga. -- As Tropical Storm Michael leaves Georgia, power companies have started assessing damage.
Several communities in the state - including Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Macon, Valdosta, Vidalia and others - were hit hard by heavy rain and fallen trees.
Over 115,000 Georgia Power customers were still without power Thursday afternoon, and the company is urging people to stay safe in the storm's aftermath since dangerous conditions can remain following a severe weather event.
Georgia Power offered these after-storm safety tips that everyone can follow:
- Be careful of downed wires, which can be hidden by debris or fallen trees.
- Do not touch any downed wire or try to remove tree branches from power lines. This can kill you.
- Avoid standing water and saturated ground where downed power lines can hide.
- Stay away from chain link fences, which might be electrified by a downed line that's out of sight and can conduct electricity over a distance.
- Be careful of power crews working throughout Georgia. Drivers should move over by at least one lane for work vehicles on the side of the road (per Georgia law).
- Protect electronics and appliances by disconnecting/turning them off. If they start automatically when the power is back on, they can overload circuits.