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ATLANTA -- Georgia Power is concerned that ice could cause widespread power outages across North Georgia.

Crews fear that ice could bring down trees or branches onto power lines.

Georgia Power's Storm Center opened on Monday morning to prepare for possible catastrophic outages. Crews that had helped restore power in Pennsylvania are returning home, and crews from other states are being brought in to assist with the storm.

As many as 5,000 crews could be in the metro Atlanta area before the storms begin.

The company reminded customers sent out tips to help customers prepare, including:

1. Fully charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.

2. Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored.

3. Be sure flashlights and lanterns are working and have extra batteries.

4. Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.

5. Have a portable battery-operated radio or TV on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area.

To view a map of Georgia Power outages, visit: http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html

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