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October 11--  Tropical storm Michael cut off electrical power to more than 30,000 people in our area  Wednesday night and power companies spent Thursday assessing damage and restoring service.

Both Georgia Power and Altamaha EMC provided progress reports late Thursday afternoon.

Tammy Vaughn with Altamaha said, "At the height of our outages, we had just over 16,000 right after the storm blew through and as of 4:15 p.m. today we are right around 8,200.  It's a long road from here.  What's left is going to take a lot of time to pick the lines up and replace poles, so the next couple of days are going to be much slower than today."

Georgia Power's area manager Greg HudgIns reports they have restored service to almost two-thirds of their customers, "We have about 5,100 customers that are still out in the Vidalia area which includes seven counties. For Vidalia-specific, we're down to about 1,300 customers still out.  We have about 100 personnel out there, some assisting and assessing and others doing the work, but when we woke up this morning we had 14,000 customers out and now just over 5,000 left, we're making some good headway.

"We appreciate the patience of our public and our customers and ask that they continue to do that.  We understand they want power to get back to their normal life and we want to get them there," HudgIns said.

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