AEP workers head to Florida, Georgia

AEP workers head to Florida, Georgia

AEP workers head to Florida, Georgia

At the height of the storm, more than 1 million customers did not have power.

Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Sunday night. This storm in particular, which has generated sustained winds in excess of 50 miles per hour, caused widespread damage to trees, power lines and power poles.

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.

Kraft said Georgia Power had 6,000 people working on restoring power Tuesday, including crews from across the country that have come to help - some as far away as California.

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

As of 5 p.m. EDT on September 12, crews had restored power to more than 2 million customers in Florida as well as parts of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC who had experienced outages as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Some like Power Line Crew Supervisor Kenney Boone have done this before.

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.

Watkins mentioned that about 139,000 are without power in Atlanta.

Georgia Power's CEO said it may take some time before electricity is back to customers.

"In some cases they had damage to some of their major transmission lines, which is a much bigger project", he said.

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