Fewer South Georgia residents without power Wednesday morning

Taylor and Gooding of Hollywood FL sit outside their trailer while riding out Hurricane Irma at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton

Crawford says Georgia Power expects a widespread of damage caused by high winds and fallen trees.

Electric service to almost 1 million Georgia Power customers was impacted at the height of Hurricane Irma and, by the following evening, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 525,000 customers across the state. Once the storm leaves affected areas, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area.

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

The Atlanta utility said it had beefed up its response to the storm to 6,000 workers, from 3,400 before the storm hit, by calling in additional people from neighboring utilities in Alabama, Mississippi and more than 20 other states.

Utility companies reported that by 12:30 p.m. Monday 544,000 customers were without power.

Watch for downed wires.

A downed tree was reported on Ga.

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Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present.

"Every region in the state has been affected and it's going to take time for us to get back to normal in terms of power restoration", said Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers. They could be electrified. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state's 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

Below are some tips from the Red Cross on what you can do to be prepared for a possible outage.

We're with crews as they go around restoring power to customers, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.

About Georgia Power Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Today he tweeted the following message: "Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the emergency declaration to include an additional 65 counties". Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.

The utility companies said repairs and replacement of downed power lines could take several days.

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