Georgia Power not promising 100% restoration Friday

Power outages hit more than 840000 Georgia customers

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant went to the Georgia Power command center in Atlanta where crews are working overtime. It is a unit of American Electric Power. "We just ask for patience as we cope with one of the strongest and largest storms our state has seen in decades".

Approximately 5.5 million customers were still without power after the storm, which peaked on September 11.

The AP reports crews are also working on bridges connecting the Keys to the mainland to ensure they're still safe to travel on.

About 161,000 Georgia Power customers in DeKalb County were without power Tuesday, almost half of the utility's 318,000 customers in the county.

Georgia Power's CEO said it may take some time before electricity is back to customers. He comes to Georgia Power from the natural gas side of its parent corporation, Southern Company, where he was managing director of governmental policy with Southern Company Gas in Atlanta. "They have really done an incredible job".

Some electric utilities are reporting major infrastructure damage, with some saying that 90 percent of its customers are without power. Extra help will be vital to the restoration effort which includes impassable roadways in many areas and hours upon hours to clear debris and trees before work can begin on downed lines.

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the statewide outages had been reduced to approximately 283,000 customers, Sawhill noted.

Workers and contractors from across Appalachian Power's service area are headed to Florida and Georgia to help fix electrical facility damage from Hurricane Irma, according to a news release from the utility company.

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