Extremely high winds and heavy rain crashed through our service area during the early morning hours today and have left over 38,000 Amicalola EMC members without power. Outages are being reported in all ten counties served by us, with Gilmer showing approx. 11,700, Pickens 8400, Cherokee 7200, Lumpkin 6600 and the remaining outages widely scattered across our entire service area.
A substantial number of trees are down in every county, with a high number falling across our power lines, bringing the lines and power poles down with them. Our crews must first gain access to the damaged area, survey the damage, then begin a plan of action. Every storm is unique with its own characteristics, sometimes making storm restoration efforts more difficult than other times. Please be assured that our crews are out working and will restore power to every member just as soon as is safely possible. We know there will most likely be numerous poles to replace, and we will give updates as the information becomes available.
In the meantime, it is extremely important to stay safe. Please use caution when traveling along road ways and power line routes and remember to stay away from all downed power lines. Please call 911 first to report downed power lines, then call one of our outage lines at 706-253-0359 OR 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: Our social media sites are not monitored for power outage information. To efficiently and correctly report power outages, downed lines, downed trees, etc., you must call one of the outage numbers and provide your information, which allows the outage to be entered into our outage management system. Real time outage information may be seen by visiting www.amicalolaemc.com and viewing the outage maps.
We ask for your patience as we move forward to get power restored to all areas. Please keep our members who are without power and our crews who are out working in your thoughts and prayers.