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Weekend storms down tree limbs, power lines

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Several families are dealing with down power lines after heavy afternoon storms rolled through the Coastal Empire and the Lowcountry on Saturday and Sunday.

While the Victory Drive Corridor is home to many beautiful trees, generally those trees can be resposible for outages.

While most people in the area have their power back on, Georgia Power says it's important to take every precaution when you think there may be a power line down.

Many homeowners in the area stepped outside to find a familiar sight: trees down from heavy afternoon storms over the weekend. Storms that brought cables and power lines down with them.

Georgia Power says after a storm, be on the lookout for downed cables and use extra caution at night.

If you see any downed power lines, the first thing you should do is call 911, and then Georgia Power, and make sure no one gets near the wires. Georgia Power says always assume the wires are live.

"Live would mean it's carrying current, and it can be very dangerous," said Georgia Power External Affairs Manager Matt Gignilliat. "Live wires can fall on trees, mud puddles, and spread out their charge in wide distance, so you've really got to be careful. If you see a wire down, you can assume that it's live and stay away from the area, and keep others out of the area."

A few other tips: it's easy to confuse other wire, like cable lines, with power lines, so always assume they're live and call the experts.

Georgia Power helps trim back limbs to minimize the power outages from the storms, and you can help do the same.

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