AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Crews from Georgia Power, and from around the region, are amassing at the old Regency Mall in a staging area/command center.
Officials said to expect dangerous conditions that could possibly bring down trees and power lines.
A possibly catastrophic freezing rain event could mean power outages stretching more than a week.
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, inc, also offered the following facts:
- Ice can increase the weight of tree branches by 30 times. Falling limbs are a prime source of downed power lines.
- A ½" accumulation of ice on power lines can add as much as 500 pounds of extra weight.
- In 2009, a southern winter storm that produced an inch of ice knocked out power to more than 1.3 million people in Arkansas and Missouri, causing more than $1.4 billion in damages.
- Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Please report downed power lines to your local electric cooperative or emergency authorities.
- Residents need to prepare to remain in a safe shelter without electricity for many hours. Obtain necessary supplies such batteries, medicine, flashlights and a battery powered radio.