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5:12 PM, Feb 15, 2014   |    comments
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WXIA - Winter Storm Pax has caused thousands in the metro Atlanta area to lose power as it moves across the region.

Georgia Power called in hundreds of workers from Texas and Florida to help assist in getting the lights back on. 

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there were still 37,500 were still without power, mostly around the Augusta area. Nearly 1,000 were still without power just south of Atlanta. 

Nearly 615,000 customers statewide experienced outages during or after the storm, according to Georgia Power. As of 8 p.m. Friday, about 59,000 outages remained. The company said that it anticipates power will be restored to 95 percent of its customers by 6 p.m. Friday and nearly all customers by midnight on Saturday.

SEE THE LATEST POWER OUTAGES FROM GA POWER

Number to call and report outages for Georgia Power: 
888-891-0938.

People can monitor outages/repair times HERE.

11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross has three things you need to know if the power in your home goes out.

1. Make sure you have flashlight batteries

2. Charge up your electronics, including cellphones

3. Leave on one light. If the power goes out and comes back on, you don't want it to surge. That can help prevent a secondary outage.

FOOD

What about your food? A refrigerator can generally keep your food cold for up to four hours. Food needs to stay at 40 degrees or below. With temperatures at or below freezing, you can probably stash some perishable items in a cooler outside for a few hours.

A stuffed freezer with an unopened door can generally keep your food frozen for about two days.

CAUTION WITH SPACE HEATERS

If you use a space heater, officials urge you to use caution. Make sure it's in an open space far away from the home, not in a garage or inside a house. 

If you need somewhere to go to stay warm, all city of Atlanta fire stations will serve as warming centers. The city's recreation centers will also serve as recreations centers.

OTHER PROVIDERS:

Central Georgia EMC: 770-775-7857

Cobb EMC: 770-429-2100

Coweta-Fayette EMC: 770-502-0226

Habersham EMC: 706-754-2114

Jackson EMC: 1-855-422-7600

Marietta Power: 770-784-5150

Sawanee EMC: 770-887-2363

Walton EMC: 770-267-2505

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