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Crews working on power
Winter storm causes outages around county
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Traffic on U.S. Highway 80 passes a line of pine trees bent over under the weight of ice Tuesday. Sleet frozen rain and icy conditions made travel treacherous and caused power outages throughout the county as a winter storm blasted the area Monday and Tuesday. Power company officials said they hoped to have power restored to all customers by today.
About 1,400 Bulloch County residents were still without power Tuesday evening, but linemen were working around the clock to restore service, according to information from Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation.Around 6,000 customers were without power at some time between early Monday morning and Tuesday night due to limbs falling and ice otherwise affecting transformers and power lines.Georgia Power Company also reported outages. There were around 1,100 customers affected by power outages at noon Monday, but at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, only one customer had yet to be with electricity, said Georgia Power Company spokesperson Christy Ihrig.A crew of linemen from Okefenokee Electric arrived in Bulloch County and other areas Tuesday to take over for local linemen who had been working nonstop to make the repairs. The Okefenokee crew began working to repair five poles Tuesday night while other workers were sent home to rest for safety reasons.Excelsior EMC spokesmen said there is no estimate as to when all power will be restored, but assured customers every effort is being made to do so.
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