Remaining Georgia Power outages should be restored by midnight

lfabian@macon.comMarch 19, 2013 

Georgia Power crews from across the state spent Tuesday repairing downed lines in the aftermath of severe weather that brought winds up to 70 mph and reports of golf ball-sized hail Monday night.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday about 4,200 Middle Georgia customers remained without electricity, including 2,900 in Macon, said Carol Boatright, spokeswoman for the utility.

Workers discovered 15 broken power poles in the Macon area and 15 others snapped in the Milledgeville area.

“That’s what really takes time,” Boatright said.

Crews had to pull new poles out of inventory, remove the broken ones, install the new one and restring lines, she said.

All Bibb County Central Georgia EMC customers had power restored by late Tuesday and 106 Monroe County customers remained without power. During the storm’s peak, 5,545 meters were out.

Near Macon, 1,000 Georgia Power customers were without power in east Bibb County near Veal Road off Davis Road near Jeffersonville Road.

Nearly 500 outages were reported near Twin Pines Drive in Shirley Hills, 230 customers were out around Wesleyan Drive and nearly 200 outages were reported near Riverside Drive.

“Barring people who have had damage and cannot take power, we should have most outages restored by midnight,” Boatright said late Tuesday.

Telegraph staff writer Harold Goodridge contributed to this report.

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