Georgia Power crews head to the coast to help restore power
Georgia Power rolled out several line crew trucks early Thursday from Macon heading toward the coast.
The local crews joined nearly 1,500 Georgia Power personnel who were mobilized along the Georgia coastline for Hurricane Dorian storm restoration, said Allison Gregoire, Georgia Power spokesperson.
“We have crews directly from your community helping the people who have been affected,” Gregoire said.
At the height of the storm, approximately 15,000 customers lost power along Georgia’s coastline as Dorian broke power poles and downed lines.
Most of the outages were concentrated in Chatham, Glynn and McIntosh counties, Gregoire said.
By late Thursday afternoon, about 3,000 customers were without power on the coast, with about 2,000 of them in the Chatham County/Savannah area, Gregoire said.
About 95% of affected customers were expected to be restored by midnight Thursday, she said.
Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the mandatory evacuation order for residents and visitors east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties, according to a news release.
Georgia DOT announced Thursday afternoon that all Georgia roads and bridges affected by Hurricane Dorian had reopened.
Meanwhile, a Hurricane Dorian emergency shelter set up at the South Bibb Recreation Center was closed late Thursday afternoon. About 115 evacuees were served at the shelter, while eight evacuated pets were given refuge at Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare, said Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore.