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Southern : Power restored to 940,000 Georgia Power customers as of noon Friday

09/15/2017 | 01:14pm EDT

ATLANTA, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As of noon Friday, Georgia Power has restored power to 940,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. More than 8,000 personnel are working around the clock as part of Georgia Power's statewide restoration effort to restore power for the approximately 55,000 customers who remain without power due to the storm. The company is on track to restore power to 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Saturday night or earlier. Georgia Power originally estimated that 95 percent of affected customers would be reconnected by Sunday evening.

Georgia Power has posted estimated restoration times (ERTs) for dozens of cities and regions throughout Georgia at outagemap.georgiapower.com. The company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the Hurricane Irma restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.

The company continues to encourage customers to keep safety in mind throughout the restoration process:

    --  Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by debris or
        fallen trees.
    --  Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from
        power lines - it can kill.
    --  Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may
        be present. They could be electrified.
    --  Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of
        sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
    --  Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move
        over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road -
        it's the law in Georgia.

Teams in the Field
Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia. All of Georgia Power's resources were held in the state prior to the storm and have remained in Georgia to lead the company's restoration effort. The company continues to marshal its resources to restore customers as quickly and safely as possible with staging areas in all affected parts of the state. Restoration teams continue to face challenges including downed trees, blocked roads and bridges that had to be inspected by the state following flooding.

As Georgia Power completes its restoration efforts, it will continue to work with and offer assistance to other utility providers, such as cities and EMCs, which may require additional resources for local power restoration.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. While the company has contacted and requested aid through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida first before travelling to Georgia.

Tools You Can Use

    --  Outage Alerts - Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service
        to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
    --  Outage & Storm Center - Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm,
        customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and
        check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and
        information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24
        hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
    --  Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's
        interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing
        users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track
        estimated restoration times.
    --  Georgia Power Mobile App - Download the Georgia Power mobile app for
        Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the
    --  @GeorgiaPower on Twitter - Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm
        tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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SOURCE Georgia Power

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