From Georgia Power…
I wanted to reach out to you all this morning to inform you of the error in the automated outage alert system that was issued last night. While Georgia Power expects power to be restored to 95% of customers impacted by Hurricane Zeta by Sunday night, we expect the great majority of customers to be restored before then. We apologize for the miscommunication. We know being without power is difficult, especially now and are working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience.
Currently, there is approximately 227,000 customers without power across Northwest and Northeast Georgia, including all of Metro Atlanta. Based on the impact of Hurricane Zeta across the Southeast and other storm activity in the country, the availability of additional resources from other utilities to assist with restoration efforts in Georgia has been limited. We anticipate additional resources from other parts of the state to be available to assist today.
Damage from Hurricane Zeta is similar to the damage seen after Hurricane Michael impacted the state in 2018. Damage includes broken poles, damaged transformers and numerous spans of wire down. Teams are also experiencing challenges including downed trees and roads blocked that must be cleared to enter certain areas. Damage assessment following widespread impacts from Hurricane Zeta continues across impacted areas around Georgia and must be completed as an essential step to efficiently and effectively allocate resources.
Regional restoration estimates will be available as soon as assessment work is completed. I will continue to keep you updated. We remain committed and vigilant to getting power restored to our customers as quickly as possible with safety being our top priority!
Christopher T. Williams
Atlanta Area Manager