Damage Assessments in North Georgia after Irma
Authorities are assessing the damage in the wake of Irma in Georgia. The storm is being blamed for least three deaths in the state, flooding the coast, sending trees crashing onto homes and forcing the world's busiest airport in Atlanta to cancel hundreds of flights. Some 540,000 people were ordered to evacuate days earlier from Savannah and the rest of Georgia's coast.
Authorities are reporting trees and power lines down all over Athens and surrounding areas. Many traffic signals are out as well. Crews are already out cleaning up. Georgia Power is reporting 135 outages in Clarke county, affecting 17,883 customers, with another 2,153 in Oconee County, nearly 3,800 are without power in Jackson County, about 3,900 in Barrow County, slightly more than 500 in Oglethorpe, and nearly 600 in Madison county.
The most recent numbers for Jackson EMC show over 61,000 customers are experiencing outages in north Georgia. Report an outage to Jackson EMC at 1-800-245-4044 or by visiting outage.jacksonemc.com.