Georgia Power (GPE-A) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

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Map: Irma's projected path toward Memphis

At the height of the storm Monday, more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Georgia were without power.

"We have a generator, have several 20 by 20-foot tarps, canned food ready to be eaten without power for a week", said resident Mark Benoit.

"The damage to our system is severe and widespread", Jolley said.

According to a press release, as of 8 p.m., Georgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are reporting approximately 537,000 customers without power, up from 375,000 this afternoon.

Numerous trees fell in DeKalb County, where officials said it was the hardest hit county in metro Atlanta.

Just under half the state is still without power as various crews work to clear roadways, restore power and begin recovery efforts. The workers are going in response to a request for assistance from Georgia Power and Tampa Electric officials.

The number of Atlanta customers without power has continued to drop as the utilities re-routed power and brought in additional crews from as far away as Canada to fix damage.

At a city council transportation committee meeting Wednesday, Atlanta public works commissioner William Johnson described the complicated process city and utility workers have to go through to tackle some of the outages.

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. Crews will need to rebuild some infrastructure in Florida before hey can restore power to all customers. "Restoration could take multiple days to complete".

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