Thousands Remain Without Power, But Warmth On Way

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- As crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Georgians, forecasters hoped warmer temperatures combined with a few rays of sunshine would improve ice-coated roads across the state.

Yet authorities cautioned Thursday that threats remain.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that 200 people were in shelters, and that he was extending a state of emergency through Sunday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis said the storm lived up to predictions it would be "catastrophic" and historic.

Davis said the number of customer who lost power and the amount of ice, sleet and snow that fell make it comparable in scope to some of the worst storms to have hit metro Atlanta.

Utility companies report that about 382,000 customers in Georgia were without power Thursday morning.

Associated Press News Release

Updated: February 12, 2014, 4pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia utility companies are making significant progress in restoring electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

About 175,000 customers were without power Wednesday afternoon, power companies reported. That's down from more than 200,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm.

Both Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. were able to restore power to thousands of Georgians after the first wave of ice rolled through the state Wednesday morning.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there were about 130,000 Georgia Power customers without power, including about 80,000 in metro Atlanta. Also, about 45,000 customers of Georgia Electric Membership Corp. remained without power.

The numbers were fluctuating as crews restored power and new outages were reported, but they showed a downward trend early Wednesday afternoon after rising dramatically during the morning.

Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Power outages have risen sharply during the morning hours on Wednesday as ice began coating trees and power lines.

Georgia Power reported that nearly 90,000 customers were already without power by 10 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 65,000 of them were in metro Atlanta.

Another 23,446 customers were in east Georgia, many of them around the Augusta area.

Nearly 2,000 customers were without power in the Macon area.

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