A massive winter storm moved across the eastern United States this weekend, but spared Jackson Electric Membership Corporation’s (EMC) Northeast Georgia service area of any serious damage when most damaging snow and ice accumulations stayed further north. Jackson EMC released contract crews on Saturday afternoon, and deactivated its Emergency Restoration Plan as of 7 p.m. as winter storm warnings expired.
“We are fortunate our service area escaped the brunt of the storm,” said Dwayne Ansley, Director, Operation Services. “Still, it’s important to be prepared for the worst and in this case we were ready.”
Jackson EMC experienced fewer than 100 scattered power outages as a result of the storm, most of which were located in Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson Counties, and caused by falling trees and limbs on power lines. The cooperative’s most extended outage occurred in Gwinnett County Friday morning when a tree fell and broke a power pole at Premier Parkway and Meadow Church Road, requiring the broken pole to be removed and replaced.
Despite an unseasonably warm start to winter, Northeast Georgia may still see rounds of winter weather in the months ahead thanks to El Niño, a weather phenomenon that’s resulted in a wetter than normal winter.
“With so much moisture in the ground, it doesn’t take much for trees to fall downing power lines,” Ansley said. “And we could possibly see more rounds of frozen precipitation before the winter is over.”
For winter storm preparation tips, and up-to-date information in event of outages, visit www.jacksonemc.com/storm.