COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Adrienne Mauldin says she woke up to a surprise today when she came outside and saw a tree down and fallen power lines right in front of her home.
“We come outside, and we saw that the tree had fallen down. The power pole had broken and there was a fire where the live wires hit the ground. I was scared. We didn’t have any power. It was pitch black out here. We really weren’t sure what was going on out here. We were just hoping it wasn’t going to be as extensive as it turned out to be,” says Mauldin.
Restoration crews are working to restore the area along with many others that have experienced outages. According to Georgia Power, tens of thousands of their customers are still without power. A number of people in Alabama are also without power, though Alabama Power is reporting that more than 50,000 customers were brought back on line.
Robert Watkins with Georgia Power says it’s going to take some time for some customers to see power in their homes.
“We go out and we have damage assessment teams and they’re still out there working. They’re assessing the damage. Then we have our line crews staying here. We’ve brought in line crews from outside to Columbus to work until we get everybody’s lights back on,” says Watkins.
Watkins says anyone who sees any damage should report it to Georgia Power crews and stay clear of dangerous conditions.
“Don’t touch power lines. Don’t touch any line that’s down. Stay away from it. Give us a call if you see any,” says Watkins.