Georgia Power Releases Statement on Response to Possible Record-Low Temperatures in Atlanta

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    cold atlantaAs temperatures around Atlanta and throughout Georgia head toward record lows, Georgia Power is looking to assure customers that the company is keeping an eye on the thermometer.

    Temperatures dropped well past the freezing point and into the low to mid-20s across metro Atlanta Monday morning and many have taken notice. School districts will be closed Tuesday in the cities of Atlanta and Marietta as well as in Barrow, Clayton, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Lumpkin, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Troup and Walton counties, officials announced Monday. The announcement comes despite the overnight precipitation ending around 5 a.m. Monday morning and no reports of widespread icing on metro roadways.

    The temperature had dropped from the low 50s at midnight to the low to mid-20s by daybreak.

    As the temperatures continue to plummet today, Georgia Power is monitoring weather conditions around the state and is ready for the predicted record-low temperatures,” said Amy Fink of Georgia Power’s media relations in a statement. “In preparation for high demand, we’ve brought additional generation online to ensure adequate and reliable supplies of electricity. Our control centers will carefully monitor power loads on circuits, and crews and engineering teams are being kept on call in the event heavy loads cause isolated outages over the next 24 hours.”

    The company added that it wanted to make customers aware of the following:

    • · Customers can view reported outages across the state, as well as estimated restoration times, at www.georgiapower.com/storm. They can also report a new outage AND sign up for email or phone alerts for the latest information.

    o   Customers can always report or check the status of an outage via phone at 1-888-891-0938.

    • · Georgia Power has posted a variety of useful information and tips for preparing your home for winter weather at www.georgiapower.com:

    Also, in association with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the company will participate in the agency’s Winter Weather Preparedness Twitter Chat on Friday, January 10. More information is available here: http://www.gemainfo.com/go/doc/759/2062118/.

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