Gov. Deal: State is ratcheting down emergency response

7:11 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal says the state is ratcheting down emergency response as things return to normal after this week's ice storm.

Deal met with the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Friday and then gave a press conference to update on the recovery efforts and state of emergency.

Deal said he will look at expanding the state of emergency for any county that needs it. It currently goes through Sunday.

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Deal said the biggest issue right now is power outages.

Nearly a million homes and businesses across the state lost power during the storm, but most were restored by Friday morning.

Georgia utility companies said a total of 989,400 customers lost power in the wake of the storm. About 175,000 customers were still without service Friday morning.

Georgia Power said about 111,000 customers were still in the dark. Most were in east Georgia, with roughly 93,000 in and around Augusta. Georgia Power says it expects to have power restored to nearly all of its customers by late Saturday night.

The state's electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, said about 64,000 of their customers were still without power. EMC officials had restored power to more than 224,400 customers since the storm began.

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