[Ed. – Blame
global warming George W. Bush.]
Early Wednesday, power outages across Georgia cut off more than 60,000 customers — and the number was rising steadily as the storm continued to punish the region.
Only a few scattered power outages were reported early Wednesday, but as ice formed, they grew to nearly 27,000 around 8 a.m., according to Georgia Power. More than 14,000 of the outages were in metro Atlanta.
By a little after 9.a.m., Georgia Power alone reported more than 58,000 customers without power.
Among other power companies, Greystone Power reported roughly 4,600 customers out and Walton EMC said roughly 1,700 were out.
Walton officials said 1200 of those were in Gwinnett, 400 in Rockdale and 170 in Walton.
Outages were being reported throughout the metro area.
For each customer, the loss of electricity could mean loss of lights and heats with temperatures still hovering below the freezing mark.