Georgia Power spokeswoman Amy Fink said about 2,500 to 3,000 people from Florida, Texas, Ohio, Louisiana and Alabama came in about two days ago in preparation for the mass number of outages expected during the ice storm.
Georgia Power has about 42,000 customers experiencing outages statewide. The majority of the outages are in the Atlanta area. Richmond County has about 5,000, Columbia County about 1,000 and Burke County 700.
As of 8:30 a.m., more than 2,500 Jefferson Electric customers were experiencing outages. The majority, about 1,100, were in Richmond County.
Jefferson Electric spokesman Steve Chalker said they are also getting assistance from outside crews.
“Unfortunately, it appears this is going to be quite a storm and it’s going to cause outages,” he said.
South Carolina Electric and Gas had about 6,300 outages at 8:30 a.m. with the majority of outages reported in Aiken County. More than 4,700 of the outages were in Aiken County, which accounted for 96 of the total 131 issues causing a loss of power.
Representatives are asking for patience as they continue to respond to outages.
Chalker said that with this type of storm, crews find themselves repairing lines and moving to the next area just to hear that an area previously repaired is out again.
“It’s a very daunting task, but we want everyone to know we’re working,” he said.
Outages for all three companies can be monitored using outage maps on their Web sites.