Georgia EMC said it had close to 300,000 customers without power.
The day started with 31,000 outages in south and southeast Georgia, but EMC representatives warned that numbers would increase as the effects of Hurricane Irma pummeled the state.
Coastal Electric is showing 5,267 customers in Bryan County without power, 4,480 in Liberty, and 65 in Long County.
Across Middle Georgia as the number out outages reduced, utility companies asked people to remain patient. "Everybody has an obligation and duty as a Georgia Power employee and everybody has a storm role and responsibility", Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told WSB-TV's Aaron Diamant.
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If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can check on your outage or report an outage through their outage map on their website. The company said in a statement it could take past the weekend before some people's power is restored. Georgia EMC utilities brought in 3,000 crew members from 13 states to help out. Collectively, Georgia's customer-owned EMCs provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, almost half of Georgia's population, across 73 percent of the state's land area.
"There is not a region within this state that has not been affected by some power outages", said Paul Bowers, Georgia Power president and CEO.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal lifted an evacuation order Tuesday for almost 540,000 coastal residents.
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