AEP, Dominion crews head south to help with Irma recovery

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Robert Watkins with Georgia Power says the company and Columbus Public Works will continue to work together to assist anyone caught in unsafe conditions.

Georgia EMC, a trade group for electric utility cooperatives, also known as EMCs, said they brought in hundreds of workers from other utilities to supplement their crews.

Georgia Power spokesman Robert Watkins said that most Columbus residents without power should have it restored soon.

With thousands of power outages all around Central Georgia, Georgia Power says safety always comes first.

Kraft said it would take at least several days before everyone had their power restored because of the widespread damage.

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"There is extensive, extensive damage". Bridges have to be inspected before crews can cross, she said.

Theresa Robinson, the External Affairs manager for Georgia Power, says dozens of power trucks from states all over the US packed the Macon Centreplex parking lot Monday.

Stathum said about 4,000 people - also including people from more than a dozen states - have been mobilized to help restore power.

Appalachian Power said in a news release that some electric utilities are reporting major infrastructure damage and more than 90 percent of their customers without power. Metro Atlanta accounted for about 89,000, down roughly 68,000 in the same period.