Wind Event Results in Outages
A wind event in White County left significant damage the morning of May 11 as storms moved through around 7:30 a.m.
Approximately 1100 HEMC meters are without power as of 1 p.m. Crews from Habersham EMC, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, Hart EMC and Jackson EMC are working to restore power.
Some challenges crews are facing include:
- Debris and trees blocking roadways
- 9 broken poles, several of which are along one stretch of Duncan Bridge Road. Due to the type of poles and equipment on these specific poles, it will take approximately 8 hours to replace each one
- Transmission lines which deliver electricity to substations have been damaged, resulting in a loss of power to multiple substations
This is a two-prong restoration effort. HEMC and assisting crews are working to repair damage to lines that carry electricity from the substations to members. Georgia Transmission Corporation, which operates the transmission lines, has restored service to the substations. However, due to ongoing work to repair broken transmission poles, some members will be without power until approximately 10 p.m. tonight. Some HEMC members, who are not affected by the transmission outages, will be restored earlier as repairs are completed.
HEMC reminds members to avoid downed lines and treat all as if energized. Report outages and hazards by phone as social media is not monitored 24/7.