Georgia: Thousands without power, officials warn about power lin - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Georgia: Thousands without power, officials warn about power line dangers

(WTVM) -

The second batch of winter weather is hitting the Deep South hard. 

As of Wednesday evening, at least 500,000 homes and businesses have lost power in the south as a result of this latest winter storm.

In Georgia, more than 100,000 customers are without power across the state of Georgia.

The snow and ice brought along with it darkness for thousands of people, and in some cases power lines can tumble down.

"Those are priority calls for us," says Georgia Power media representative Robert Watkins.

Unfortunately there have been fatalities due to people touching power lines.

According to the American Burn Association, on average about 400 people die from electrocution by way of power lines every year in the U.S.; thousands more are injured.

"In Columbus your voltage are 12,000 volts. If you thing about the power volts in your house, you use 120 volts to use your lights. The big lines can be as much as 500,000 so it gives an idea of just how much power is going through those lines," Watkins proclaims.

Watkins says even driving over a power line can be very dangerous.

"The first thing they should do is not go near it. You don't have to actually contact the line when it's wet outside to get electrocuted by the line," says Watkins.

State officials report the same type of safety principle applies to snow plows. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation suggests drivers stay a safe distance behind snow plows, because that roadway has been treated for your safety.

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 2 pedestrians struck in Hub City, 1 killed, Biloxi man charged

    2 pedestrians struck in Hub City, 1 killed, Biloxi man charged

    Saturday, October 21 2017 1:22 PM EDT2017-10-21 17:22:03 GMT

    A pedestrian was struck and killed, another seriously injured, and a Biloxi man is behind bars after an early morning wreck in the Hub City.  Justin Williamson, 25, of Biloxi, was arrested and charged with DUI-negligence resulting in death after an early morning crash on U.S. 49 by Interstate-59 and according to Hattiesburg Police Department Capt. Branden McLemore.  McLemore said a man and woman were both walking along the road around 2 a.m. when they were struck by the ve...

    More >>

    A pedestrian was struck and killed, another seriously injured, and a Biloxi man is behind bars after an early morning wreck in the Hub City.  Justin Williamson, 25, of Biloxi, was arrested and charged with DUI-negligence resulting in death after an early morning crash on U.S. 49 by Interstate-59 and according to Hattiesburg Police Department Capt. Branden McLemore.  McLemore said a man and woman were both walking along the road around 2 a.m. when they were struck by the ve...

    More >>
  • West Jones rallies past South Jones, 30-21

    West Jones rallies past South Jones, 30-21

    Saturday, October 21 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-10-21 05:37:03 GMT
    Photo credit: Ryan Moore WDAMPhoto credit: Ryan Moore WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

    More >>

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

    More >>
  • Child injured in fair ride accident in Laurel

    Child injured in fair ride accident in Laurel

    Saturday, October 21 2017 1:06 AM EDT2017-10-21 05:06:50 GMT
    Photo credit: Shasta Patterson ClarkPhoto credit: Shasta Patterson Clark

    A child was injured on Friday evening after an accident on a ride at the South Mississippi State Fair in Laurel. Fair representative Pam Holyfield said that a little girl was on a ride called "Up, Up and Away" when the seat on the ride came loose and the little girl fell out of the ride.  The fall knocked the girl unconscious, according to the little girl's mother. The child was taken to South Central Medical Center in Laurel where they are awaiting test results. ...

    More >>

    A child was injured on Friday evening after an accident on a ride at the South Mississippi State Fair in Laurel. Fair representative Pam Holyfield said that a little girl was on a ride called "Up, Up and Away" when the seat on the ride came loose and the little girl fell out of the ride.  The fall knocked the girl unconscious, according to the little girl's mother. The child was taken to South Central Medical Center in Laurel where they are awaiting test results. ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly