About half of DeKalb County lost power due to Hurricane Irma

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Across the entire state, more than one million people are in the dark. This storm in particular, which has generated sustained winds in excess of 50 miles per hour, caused widespread damage to trees, power lines and power poles.

Customers are urged to avoid all downed power lines and remember that unsafe electrical currents can travel through standing water and wet soil.

A Georgia Power news release issued Tuesday evening cited several challenges to restoring power, including downed trees, blocked roads and flooded bridges, but added that Georgia's advanced power grid system allows "the company to reroute and restore power even when weather conditions prevent work in the field".

Numerous locations are still without power statewide, according to the outage map.

Power has been restored to 525,000 Georgia Power customers across the state.

Watch for downed wires.

In Cherokee County, crews have been out since Monday night to clear their roads of storm debris and fix utility lines downed by trees.

Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present.

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Two hundred additional crew members and contractors from neighboring utilities were helping restore power to Jackson EMC customers.

Both Jackson EMC and Georgia Power were working on solutions throughout Monday afternoon.

According to its website, outages in the Athens area affected almost 5,000 customers - 3,146 in Jackson County, 1,133 in Barrow County, 30 in Clarke County and 317 in Madison County.

"Every region in the state has been affected and it's going to take time for us to get back to normal in terms of power restoration", said Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers.

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Below are some tips from the Red Cross on what you can do to be prepared for a possible outage.

Walton EMC, which serves southeast Athens and the surrounding areas, worked Tuesday to restore power to 40,000 customers across its service area. Family Services is supported by employee volunteers who are not involved with storm restoration.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared on Sunday a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power said 45,000 of their Gwinnett customers were without power.