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Local power companies prepare for bad weather

Local power companies are gearing up for the potential threat of severe weather. / Kailey McCarthy

Local power companies have been preparing for the threat of severe weather.

On Friday, representatives at Georgia Power and Mitchell EMC discussed how they are preparing for possible outages.

Tony Tucker, President and C.E.O. of Mitchell EMC has all 84 crew members on standby.

Tucker asks that customers remain patient if their power does go out so that crew members can assess the damage.

"If this thing does hit and it is massive, all I can ask for is people to be patient while we sort through everything. We will have a full staff and we will be as ready as we can be."

On Monday morning, Mitchell County may call for backup to assist in cleanup efforts.

Tucker is confident that if there are outages, his team will be able to move as safely and quickly as possible.

Georgia Power has been heavily monitoring weather conditions through their storm center in Atlanta. They already have crews placed along I-75 to assist customers as quickly as possible.

Georgia Power feels confident they will be able to handle any power outages that arise in the next coming days.

"Our staff is very capable of handling it cause its not just the people in Albany, if we have problems here, it's not just south Georgia. We are bringing people from across the state."

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