Here's how Georgia Power restores your electricity without a bucket truck

Irma’s estimated path as of this morning.  
     AccuWeather
Irma’s estimated path as of this morning. AccuWeather
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13 September, 2017

More than 1.3 million people across the state were without power Tuesday at noon.

The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's global airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel almost 200 flights early Tuesday. City officials urged residents to stay off the streets as 3 feet (0.91 meters) of water above dry ground is expected overnight.

The storm fatality occurred in south-west Georgia, where Irma's centre crossed over from Florida on Monday afternoon. On Tybee Island east of Savannah, Holland Zellers was heading home to grab a kayak so he could reach a home where his mother had taken shelter near the beach.

About 800 flights had been cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which remained operational on Monday as its staff monitored storm conditions with help from the Federal Aviation Administration, airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said.

"We could still see flooding that is similar to Matthew or worse", Jones said.

For metro Atlanta, sustained winds of 30 miles per hour look more likely with 39 miles per hour winds at times Monday. Alabama Emergency Management Agency meteorologist Jim Stefcovich said strong winds could linger in the state until 2am local time on Tuesday. Kidd said the tropical storm-force winds and rain were just getting started Monday morning, but many people had already reported power outages in his area.

And sometimes, he said, it's simply a matter of a limb falling on a power line, cutting of the electricity, and the limb falling off the power line and the electricity restoring itself. Many milled about the CNN Center, escaping crowded hotel rooms in search of open restaurants.

Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia. Traffic out of the city and its neighboring island communities appeared light. Downtown Atlanta's streets were eerily quiet, with restaurants, businesses and schools closed.

There are almost 770,000 Georgia Power customers now without power. The coast's near 540,000 residents fled last October ahead of Hurricane Matthew, which caused an estimated 500 million U.S. dollars in damage and killed three people. Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area. In Charleston, South Carolina, the ocean topped the Battery wall that typically protects downtown.

Smaller communities also were inundated - the entire SC town of Edisto Beach, population 530, was covered with several feet of water, Mayor Jane Darby said, despite a $17 million dune restoration project following Matthew's destruction.

"Don't drive over down power lines, into standing or moving water, and make sure you have a good spare tire", a representative said.

Irma has killed one person in Georgia as rain flooded coastal communities. And much of Alabama has pine trees that can snap in high winds.


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