SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - CEMA Director Dennis Jones spoke Thursday at a news conference regarding Georgia Power and the restoration efforts following Dorian.
“They are in full restoration mode and have about 600 personnel from across the state,” Jones said. “There are currently around 5,000 customers without power. That’s down 16,000 from earlier this morning. The hardest hit areas as far as power outages go are Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, Isle of Hope, and Ferguson near Skidaway Island.”
Friday, there are still linemen from Macon and Atlanta out helping local teams to sweeps to make sure they didn’t miss any customers still without power. Some of the outages that remain are due to the fix being in a remote or hard to get to area.
A Georgia Power representative tells WTOC preventative work done throughout the year likely kept outage numbers down during Dorian.
“We trim year-round, We have a cycle. People don’t like us to trim, but it is a necessary part of our business to keep the lines cleared, and without a doubt, we saw that the areas that we have traditionally had problems with in the past, where we had cleared, made a tremendous difference this storm,” Swann Seiler said.
The following outages have been reported (as of 9/6/2019 at 4:45 a.m.):
Chatham County: 16
Online outage map reporting no outages.
**We’ll continue to update this list at the top of every hour as power outages persist.