Power outages sweep the south

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)-  Georgia Power crews are working to restore power to more than 180,000 homes across the state after overnight storms wreaked havoc on the south.

The hardest hit areas are in metro Atlanta with 93,000 homes left in the dark.  In Columbus and Manchester, power officials told News Leader 9, 8000 households were affected by the storms. The number has climbed to 30,000 in the Macon area.

The damaged was caused by trees toppling power lines, broken power poles and downed wires. "This is very significant and extensive. Our sister companies in Alabama and Florida were hit really hard. So, it's difficult to get help—they need their crews, said Jim Barber, Media Relations.

Barber added he expects power to be restored by midnight Wednesday.

Alabama Power reported 7200 people without power in Auburn and almost 5000 in Phenix City due to extensive lightning and heavy winds.