Around 60,000 customers were still without power in Georgia by Saturday afternoon, as power crews reported significant progress in restoring electricity in hard-hit east Georgia after this week’s ice storm.
Georgia Power reported that about 23,000 of its customers were without power late Saturday afternoon, with the vast majority of them in east Georgia.
The state’s electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, also had 37,500 of their customers without power statewide on Saturday.
The utility companies say nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power at some point after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice.
In east Georgia, a state of emergency declaration was extended through Wednesday for 15 counties where severe storm damage is requiring ongoing response efforts, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement.