Georgia Power: Some counties not scheduled to have power restored for several days
UPDATE 9 PM
Some Georgia communities might not be getting their power back for several days.
That's according to Georgia Power, which released the graphic below showing which coverage areas they expect to have power restored to and when.
Southwest Georgia - which was hit hardest by Hurricane Michael - isn't expected to be fully restored until 8 p.m. on October 16.
Surrounding counties could see their power back on by 8 p.m. on October 15 or even 10 p.m. on October 14.
Macon and Columbus are scheduled right now to be fully restored by 10 p.m. October 14 and 5 p.m. October 13, respectively.
The company said August, Savannah and others in those outer areas should see their power back on by 12 a.m. on October 12.
As of 9 p.m. Thursday, over 89,000 Georgia Power customers were still without power.
UPDATE 3:30 P.M.
ATLANTA – Electric service to nearly 234,000 Georgia Power customers has been restored following Hurricane Michael.
However, as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, approximately 116,000 customers are without power across Georgia.
UPDATE 3 P.M.
Jeffrey Underwood Manager of Office Services with Ocmulgee EMC says, that their office is closed to the public until all power is restored.
Underwood says that currently, they're trying to restore 11,484 outages; their crews and others from out of state are helping.
There is NO estimated time for repair / restoration.
Ocmulgee EMC covers Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, Laurens and Telfair.
From FLINT ENERGIES ... Approximately 18,012 consumer-members all across the Flint Energies service area are without power this morning. Now that Hurricane Michael’s winds have significantly decreased, damage assessments are in progress and Flint has resumed the task of restoration. Chief Operating Officer Ty Diamond says that the storm is a catastrophic event that will likely take five to six days to repair.
In an effort to get the greatest number of members back on as soon as possible, service to critical needs such as hospitals, water and sewer and emergency operations are repaired first. Then substations, primary lines and secondary lines will be handled in this order by crews. The attention then focuses on individual services. As part of its emergency plan, Flint Energies provides updates to all local media and our social media outlets.
To report an outage, members should go to flintenergies.com, use the Flint Energies app or call 888.354.3836. To view current outages, visit flintoutages.com.
UPDATE 9:30 A.M.
MACON, Ga. -- Reports show more than 330,000 people in Georgia are experiencing outages due to Tropical Storm Michael.
Georgia Power reports that 174,474 of its customers are without power.
Flint Energies reported nearly 16,000 customers without power at that time as well.
Power crews are working to restore service but have said they must wait until conditions are safe to send workers into affected areas.
Flint Energies reported just over 14,000 members without power just after 12:45 a.m. as well.
MACON, Ga. -- Just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Georgia Power said more than 65,000 of its customers are without power.
The company said about 3,900 workers are ready to respond and restore power as quickly and safely as they can.
Georgia Power said it's also received calls for more than 600 cases of damage (such as broken power poles and downed lines) that they're working to fix.
Most of the damage is in south and west Georgia, the company said.
Meanwhile, Tri-County EMC said at 10 p.m., Jones County saw 197 outages, Putnam had 81 outages and Baldwin had eight outages.
MACON, Ga. -- Middle Georgia power companies are urging the community to stay safe as Hurricane Michael hits the midstate.
Flint Energies, which services 17 counties in Middle Georgia, said its offices closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday. They plan to reopen on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Members with Flint Energies can report outages by calling 888-354-6836 or text OUTAGE to 352667. Stay updated with outages through Flint Energies' outage map.
Georgia Power customers can report outages here - for dangerous situations and downed power lines, the company requests that people call 1-888-891-0938 immediately.
Stay updated on outages with Georgia Power's outage map.
This statewide outage map started reporting 100 percent outages in some southwest Georgia counties Wednesday afternoon.