As Hurricane Matthew sweeps up the east coast, Georgians are preparing to lose power for an extended period of time.
On Twitter this week, Georgia Power warned customers to expect outages to last several days. The company has thousands of crews ready to get out and begin restoring electricity, but they of course will not be able to get to the hardest hit areas until the storm completely passes.
As of Friday morning, on Georgia Power’s outage map, there are only 61 outages in the state with 647 customers affected. But these numbers will begin to skyrocket in the next few hours, with the storm expected to hit the Georgia coast on Friday evening around 8:00 p.m. In Florida, where the storm is now, there are currently over 500,000 people without power.
Information about Georgia power outages is being updated on Georgia Power’s official website. You can see a map of current outages here, and report your own outage here. Finally, you can also sign up here to get notifications about outages from Georgia Power.
Those Georgia residents who still have power should be sure to charge all of their electronics in the next few hours, being prepared for not having power for a few days. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden counties.