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Days After Zeta, Crews Work To Remove Fallen Trees, Repair Power Lines

A downed tree, which was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Zeta, is shown Thursday blocking a street in Decatur. By Monday afternoon, Georgia Power said it had restored service to 99% of its customers who lost power, with 1,300 still in the dark.
A downed tree, which was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Zeta, is shown Thursday blocking a street in Decatur. By Monday afternoon, Georgia Power said it had restored service to 99% of its customers who lost power, with 1,300 still in the dark.
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Thousands of Georgians woke up still without power Monday morning, more than four days after the remnants of Hurricane Zeta blew through.

Crews are still removing fallen trees and repairing power lines around metro Atlanta and North Georgia, after the storm caused more than a million outages in the state.

By Monday afternoon, Georgia Power said it had restored service to 99% of its customers who lost power, with 1,300 still in the dark. There were close to 6,000 outages among the electric membership cooperatives.

At the end of last week, some early voting locations were affected, and schools closed both for in-person and virtual classes, since so many staff and students didn’t have power.

Kirk Larson, who lives in Druid Hills in DeKalb County, said he got on OK with flashlights, and he was still able to get out for runs. But he did have to throw away food – he used it as an opportunity to give his refrigerators a deep cleaning — and trees blocked some of the roads that lead out of his neighborhood.

“The good thing was, until last night, it wasn’t really cold or hot, so the heat or air conditioner wasn’t that big a deal,” he said.

On Monday, some of the roads around him were still blocked; neighbors had put up makeshift signs to let people know the roads were closed. But his power came back late in the morning.

He said the first thing he did was laundry.