Utility providers say more than 130,000 households in Georgia and South Carolina were without power today after a Sunday storm swept the Southeast.
In Georgia, 57,000 households remain without power. Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright says 28,000 customers remain without power early today, all but a thousand of them in the Athens area. The remainder are in metro Atlanta.
Georgia Electric Membership Corporation reports 29,000 customers are without power, down from 34,000 at sun up. Some 16,000 customers were affected by damage to a transmission line and two substations in Jackson and Madison counties.
Officials say the power loss was caused by snow weighing down limbs and knocking them onto power lines.
In South Carolina, the storm brought up to 10 inches of snow, closing schools and causing major traffic problems on Interstate 85, the major highway from Charlotte to Atlanta.
Duke Energy reported about 78,000 customers without electricity today. Most of those were in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Anderson counties.
The Transportation Department advises residents not to drive yet in northern counties. The agency reported snow on I-85 in Cherokee County near the North Carolina border, shifting to snow and ice in Spartanburg, and patches of ice in Greenville and Anderson County near the Georgia border.
Gov. Mark Sanford delayed the opening of state offices in 28 counties.