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Friday, August 31, 2012 - 4:41am

Electric Companies Send Workers To Miss.

Updated: 2 years ago.
Officials said now that the worst of the weather from Hurricane Isaac has moved through, crews can begin identifying the hardest-hit areas and start work on the electricity distribution system. About 160 utility workers from Georgia EMCs are helping get the lights back on. (Satellite Image Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

More than two dozen electric membership cooperatives in Georgia have crews in Mississippi helping restore power following Hurricane Isaac.

Officials said now that the worst of the weather has moved through, crews can begin identifying the hardest-hit areas and start work on the electricity distribution system.

As of Thursday afternoon, about 160 EMC workers are helping fix power lines and get the lights back on. They should be gone for 10 to 14 days.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Isaac to a tropical depression Thursday. What’s left of the system is expected to continue moving north into the middle Mississippi River valley Friday before turning northeast into the Ohio River valley by Saturday night.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, Isaac’s maximum sustained winds were near 25 mph.

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