Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is urging people in the Hurricane Michael disaster area to "be patient." He says emergency crews need to do their work to clear debris from roadways and restore power to hundreds of thousands of residents.
Deal says the primary mission at this point is to clear roadways so that officials can assess the damage.
Georgia Power begins its first day of full-scale damage assessment Thursday. There has been significant damage due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees in the hardest hit areas, including: Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Macon, Valdosta, Vidalia and other areas leaving nearly 175,000 customers without power. Damage assessment marks the first phase of the restoration process and Georgia Power has crews in the field assessing damage to begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews.
Georgia Power has approximately 3,900 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities ready to restore power.
Jackson EMC released 97 contractors after noon Thursday to assist with restoration efforts in Florida and South Georgia after Hurricane Michael impacted the area. Two dozen Jackson EMC linemen will assist with restoration efforts at other EMCs Friday morning.
The impact on Jackson EMC’s 10-county service area was minimal. At the peak of the storm there were 15 outages affecting 1,006 members. In total, Jackson EMC linemen restored 49 outages from 7:55 p.m. October 10 until 6:30 a.m. October 11.
Jackson EMC members should report outages to at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.