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Wilmington Island neighbors gather to watch football during power outages

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Hundreds remained without power Saturday night after storms caused by Hurricane Hermine downed power lines across our area.

Wilmington Island was one of the hardest hit locations in the Coastal Empire. Many residents were left without power for several hours, some even days.

"Out of power for 12.5 hours, but it wasn't too bad," said Ronald Plough.

"It was difficult but we managed," said Sal Cardinal.

A tree fell into the master bedroom of a home on Robin Road while one of the homeowners was sleep. Luckily she only has minor injuries. 

"Everyone in the neighborhood is talking with each other and checking on each other, everybody was out this morning cleaning up their yards, trying to get the debris out to the street," said Kriste Sanders.

Kriste lives on Wilmington Island and was still without power when she spoke to WTOC Saturday, but her neighbors all came together to catch the official start of college football. 

"Power no power we're all here family, go dawgs," said Trevor Wargo.

Georgia Power officials say they've prioritized the area with the most outages as quickly and safely as possible.

It's not just Georgia Power you may also see crews from  Alabama, Mississippi, and Gulf Power. So far they've restored more than 120,000 customers in the Savannah area.

"We know we got a lot of islands in a lot of rural areas that are remote and hard to get to so folks we just appreciate your patience. We do expect that we'll have to continue to work tomorrow, but we do certainly think it will be very rare to have a large number of customers that would be out past tomorrow," said Ronald Plough, Georgia Power.

"I just know these guys have a rough job when something like this happens and they came through and did the best they can do," said Plough.

According to the food safety administration, if you've been without power for more than four hours you should throw the food in your refrigerator out.

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