Nearly 140,000 still without power; state of emergency extended for 15 counties

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Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Utility crews were still working to restore power to parts of Georgia hardest hit by this week's storm.

Nearly a million homes and businesses in the state lost power during the storm and its aftermath, but most had power restored by Friday. Of the 989,400 customers who lost power, about 138,100 were still in the dark by late afternoon Friday.

Georgia Power said 85,000 customers were still without power by 4:45 p.m., and 76,000 of those were in the Augusta area. The utility said it expected to have power restored to nearly all of its customers by late Saturday night.

The state's electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, said about 53,100 of their customers were still without power at 5 p.m. Friday.

A state of emergency remains in effect through Sunday for 91 of Georgia's 159 counties. Deal on Friday extended his state of emergency declaration through Wednesday for 15 of those counties that were the hardest hit.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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