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Some Fayette residents without power since early Wednesday

7:14 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. - Georgia Power says it has restored power for about 99 percent of its customers in metro Atlanta, but thousands of EMC customers remain in the dark.

About 4,000 Coweta-Fayette EMC customers remained in the dark early Friday evening, and after three days in the dark, even out of the darkness can come the brightest acts of kindness.

Valentine's Day feels a little bit different for Diane Gilbert.

"We lost power at 5:00," she said. "AM. Wednesday morning."

The Gilberts relied on a trusty generator to make do.

"Sometimes, I just want to go give it a hug. We've had to go get gas a couple of times," she said. "Family, friends have said, hey, you've got a generator. Can we come over? And I was like, yeah, come on over. So we ended up with like 14 people."

Their electric provider, Coweta-Fayette EMC, blamed the repetitiveness of Mother Nature for the lag.

"We would go out and repair the line, and then 30 minutes later, 45 minutes later, another tree would fall down and break the line," said a company spokesman. "We'd get some of these lines to break three or four times."

That would come, even with up to 200 crews working for restoration.

"I fully understand that they're overwhelmed," Gilbert said.

She grows anxious as neighbors around her get service, while she sits mostly in the dark.

Power company officials said nobody would be forgotten. They said they hope to have 95 percent of customers restored by Saturday.

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