When Georgia went to bed Sunday night, more than two million people in Florida were without power. As Hurricane Irma diminishes as it crosses the state line into Georgia, officials from electric companies around the state are preparing for the worst.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that restoration teams are already in place in an effort to respond to downed lines and power outages as quickly as possible. Groups of linemen are staged in various safe locations where large outages are expected. Georgia Power’s parent company, Southern Company, has resources available from electric and has companies around the southeast.
Electric company cooperatives are preparing for property damage that could lead to destruction of electrical infrastructure and officials are working with local and state emergency management officials to plan ahead. They will be responsible for fixing transformers, downed lines, and broken poles.
Much of Georgia is set to see high winds, lots of rain, flooding, and the possibility of tornadoes as the storm passes through the southwest corner of the state.