Courtesy CBS Atlanta
Courtesy CBS Atlanta

In a rare dire warning, forecasters say a winter storm making its way to the region could be a “catastrophic event” for residents across metro Atlanta and much of Georgia. Forecasters say widespread outages are possible as ice builds up on trees and power lines, according to a report from our affiliate CBS Atlanta. The ice threat is expected to begin in Georgia overnight. 

“Ice is probably one of the worst events that we face and when you’re talking about the amount of ice we’re looking at, it’s catastrophic,” said Chief Emergency Executive of Georgia Power Aaron Strickland. “We started rolling crews into the state of Georgia. We’re pulling crews from Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, [and] Pennsylvania.”

Georgia Power has more than 4,000 people, including 1,000 linemen, staged where they believe there will be most power problems.

You can sign up to receive text or email notifications about power outages on the Georgia Power website and also follow them on Twitter. You can also call 888-891-0938 to report an outage.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “GA Power says widespread power outages possible”

  1. Here in St Louis AMEREN UE had a community meeting. and after talking to the resident.. we told them that the trees were the biggest problem. My tree knock out 4 families homes. QUESS WHAT THEY LISTEN. THEY STARTED cutting back the trees. in alleys and on the streets. and they moved the lines from under trees that were on private property. They continue to trimm trees during the summer. quess what? OUTAGES WENT DOWN.! cAN SOMEONE TELL Georgia power. and other to get with the program.

  2. Here in St Louis AMEREN UE had a community meeting. and after talking to the resident.. we told them that the trees were the biggest problem. My tree knock out 4 families homes. QUESS WHAT THEY LISTEN. THEY STARTED cutting back the trees. in alleys and on the streets. and they moved the lines from under trees that were on private property. They continue to trimm trees during the summer. quess what? OUTAGES WENT DOWN.! cAN SOMEONE TELL Georgia power. and other to get with the program.

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