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Georgia Power not promising 100% restoration Friday

Georgia Power not promising 100% restoration Friday

Customers are urged to avoid all downed power lines and remember that risky electrical currents can travel through standing water and wet soil.

The center of Irma is expected to cross the eastern Florida Panhandle into Georgia on Monday afternoon, and move through southwestern Georgia and eastern Alabama on Monday night and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

That total is down from about 1.5 million immediately after the storm.

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Crews from Farmers Electric Cooperative, Blue Grass Energy, Central EMC of North Carolina, and Middle Tennessee EMC have joined restoration efforts, Central Georgia EMC spokeswoman Victoria Jolley said Wednesday.

As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 545,000 customers remain without power across Georgia.

Just under half the state is still without power as various crews work to clear roadways, restore power and begin recovery efforts.

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Officials told Diamant that they won't have the entire scope of the work until crews remove the trees that were downed in the storm. About 114,000 of those were in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Clayton. Collectively, Georgia's customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, almost half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area. Several right of way crews are also assisting, she said.

Some residents said they have been without power for 24 hours.

"We are expecting 95 percent of those to have power restored by Thursday night", Watkins said. In some cases, trees must be cleared from roadways before line workers can access outages.

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It's a frustrating situation for a lot of drivers in the area.