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Half of DeKalb residents without power, could be days before it’s back on

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Half of DeKalb residents without power, could be days before it’s back on

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If you don’t have power right now, you might want to get ready to be without it for the next few days, DeKalb County says.

The county says Georgia Power is working to restore power to 161,000 of the county’s 318,000 customers.

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As a result of widespread damage and power outages due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees, Georgia Power officials predict restoration of electricity could take several days.

“To expedite repairs throughout the state, Georgia Power is responding to the outages with approximately 5,500 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities,” the county said. 

Here’s the full announcement from DeKalb County:

Georgia Power Working to Restore Service to 161,000 in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. – As of 9 a.m., approximately 161,000 Georgia Power customers in DeKalb were without power, nearly half of the utility’s 318,000 customers in the county.

As a result of widespread damage and power outages due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees, Georgia Power officials predict restoration of electricity could take several days.

To expedite repairs throughout the state, Georgia Power is responding to the outages with approximately 5,500 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities.

Once conditions are safe, damage assessment teams will enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews.

Customers are urged to avoid all downed power lines and remember that dangerous electrical currents can travel through standing water and wet soil.

Georgia Power crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore service to all impacted areas.

To report an outage, call 1-888-891-0938.

For up-to-date information about the Tropical Storm Irma recovery efforts in DeKalb, go to www.dekalbcountyga.gov/Irma.

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