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More than 50,000 without power in Macon (4:25 p.m. update)

There are about 58,000 people without power in the Macon area, and some likely won't have power restored until tomorrow, according to Georgia Power.

An extra 300 crew members are heading to Middle Georgia from the Atlanta area, but it will likely be midnight Monday before power is restored to all of the customers without it, a Georgia Power spokeswoman said this afternoon.

The company can't say which neighborhoods will come back online first, though the plan is to fix problems that affect hte largest number of people first, spokeswoman Theresa Robinson said.

"It is widespread," she said. "These broken power polls are everywhere."

The Macon mayor's office said the Georgia State Patrol is sending more troopers and a patrol helicopter to the city. The Georgia Forestry Service is sending in chainsaw crews to help clear the roads, and state prisoners may be utilized as well.

Outside of Macon about 1,500 Tri-County EMC customers are without power, according to the cooperative. Outages are scattered across the cooperatives coverage area, which includes most of parts of Bibb, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties as well as much of Jones, Putnam and Baldwin counties.

Areas that were particularly hard hit include the Bowen Hill Road, Bowers Road, Dr. Lee Road, Mountain Springs Road, Old Griswoldville Road, Old James Road, Stagecoach Road and Upper River Road, according to a news release from the Tri-County EMC.

Flint Energies has made strides in getting the power back on in Crawford, Peach and Houston counties, but there are still spot outages affected about 4,900 customers.

No major circuits are out, but downed lines are affecting power in Roberta, Fort Valley, Byron and Warner Robins, a cooperative spokeswoman said. Outside crews are coming to help, but it will probably be sometime Monday before power is fully restored.

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