More than 180,000 without power in GA

More than 180,000 without power in GA

February 14th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

A Georgia Power crewman cuts a tree resting on power lines as he goes through the process to restoring power to a neighborhood on Thursday in Riverdale, Ga.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATLANTA - Georgia utility companies report that more than 180,000 customers in the state are still without power after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice.

Georgia Power reported that about 105,000 customers were without service before dawn today. The vast majority are in east Georgia, with about 80,000 of them in and around Augusta.

Also, the state's electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, say that about 78,600 of their customers were without power. EMC officials say power has been restored to more than 200,400 customers of the EMCs since the storm began.

The numbers have been fluctuating as crews restored power and new outages were reported, but showed a downward trend early Friday.