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An EMC spokesperson wrote in an email that “hurricane-force winds began toppling trees onto power lines and causing power outages.”
EMCs serving the affected areas are working through their emergency storm plans and will begin damage assessments and restoration work as soon as the most dangerous weather moves through the region, a spokesperson said. At the same time, EMCs in the impacted areas have arranged for additional crews and equipment from Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina to expedite the restoration process.
In total, the Georgia EMC serves more than 4.4 million people across the state. Its website is updating a map of power outages every 15 minutes.
Georgia Power is updating an outage map on its website every 10 minutes.
Hurricane Michael is now a Category 4 storm and made landfall in Florida around 1:40 p.m.
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Get complete coverage and forecasts for the hurricane on ajc.com as Michael approaches the coast in the coming days.
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