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Power crews make progress; outages down to 175,000

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: February 12, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia utility companies are making significant progress in restoring electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

About 175,000 customers were without power Wednesday afternoon, power companies reported. That's down from more than 200,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm.

Both Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. were able to restore power to thousands of Georgians after the first wave of ice rolled through the state Wednesday morning.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, there were about 130,000 Georgia Power customers without power, including about 80,000 in metro Atlanta. Also, about 45,000 customers of Georgia Electric Membership Corp. remained without power.

The numbers were fluctuating as crews restored power and new outages were reported, but they showed a downward trend early Wednesday afternoon after rising dramatically during the morning.