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Georgia Power crews readying for mass outages

Georgia Power crews readying for mass outages


Crews from Georgia Power, and from around the region, are amassing at the old Regency Mall in a staging area/command center.

Officials said to expect dangerous conditions that could possibly bring down trees and power lines.

A possibly catastrophic freezing rain event could mean power outages stretching more than a week.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, inc, also offered the following facts:

Ice Storm Facts


  • Ice can increase the weight of tree branches by 30 times. Falling limbs are a prime source of downed power lines.
  • A ½" accumulation of ice on power lines can add as much as 500 pounds of extra weight.
  • In 2009, a southern winter storm that produced an inch of ice knocked out power to more than 1.3 million people in Arkansas and Missouri, causing more than $1.4 billion in damages.


Safety reminders for the public


  • Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Please report downed power lines to your local electric cooperative or emergency authorities.
  • Residents need to prepare to remain in a safe shelter without electricity for many hours. Obtain necessary supplies such batteries, medicine, flashlights and a battery powered radio.

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