Efforts continued Monday night to restore electric service to 9,761 Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) members still affected by tropical storm Irma. At the peak of outages, 18,110 members were without power.
Excelsior EMC is a member-owned electric utility serving accounts in Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Emanuel, Jenkins and Tattnall counties. The cooperative is headquarted in Metter with a district office in Statesboro.
Power outages began early Monday morning and affected all parts of the cooperative’s eight-county service area. Outage numbers climbed quickly as winds from Irma increased in intensity. Line crews had to be held until the conditions outside were safe for work.
Headway should accelerate Tuesday. “We’ll make better progress because the wind and rain will be gone, improving working conditions,” said Greg Proctor, CEO.
All problems were caused by trees or limbs being blown into power lines by high winds.
This is a widespread outage event. Where a summer thunderstorm is short-lived and localized, Hurricane Irma affected all corners of Excelsior EMC territory for several hours. For that reason, some members will be without power for several days.
Remember to stay clear of any downed line, no matter what its location or appearance.
To view current outages, log on to excelsioremc.com and click “Outage Map. For more information, visit Excelsior EMC’s Facebook page at facebook.com/excelsioremc.