Posted: 3:59 pm Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Georgia Power hot-seat chief: The iceman cometh 

By Jim Galloway

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Gov. Nathan Deal. left, and Georgia Emergency Management Director Charley English before the start a Emergency Operations Command committee meeting this morning. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

A two-inch snowstorm paralyzing a metro Atlanta that boasts of its ability to move is one thing.

Epic collisions between ice and Georgia’s white pines are quite another – a meteorological event peculiar to the South, and nothing to be sneered at.

Aaron Strickland, Georgia Power’s chief emergency director, explained at a press conference in Gov. Nathan Deal’s office:

“We have a high level of concern. When you’re talking a half-inch of ice or larger, it’s pretty darn bad. You go back to the [2000] Super Bowl – we had a half-inch of ice and had 350,000 outages. So this is big. We already have 2,500 to 3,000 outside resources rolling into Georgia.”

The ice could be an inch thick in the Augusta area, Strickland said – something he’s never seen in 35 years with the utility. More:

“I would be prepared for days. This has the opportunity to be a huge event, when you’re talking about the amount of ice were looking at….We’re looking at hundreds of thousands of outages. This could be of a long duration.”

19 comments
Percy
Percy

 Those are yellow pines, Jim.  White pines are Yankee trees.

FarTrain
FarTrain

I was like Kamchak earlier and feeling all smug telling myself that all is OK, since all the power lines in my area are underground, then it hit me that the power has to get to this area somehow. So I rode up to get a burger and looked to see where the nearest poles and lines are. Yep, only about a mile away at the nearest main road here in SC.  Now I don't feel so good.  Does help, but still could be a problem.

notagain
notagain

Got my soup beans cooked,my corn bread baked,couple gallons of well water in jugs.So if power goes off.I may get cold but not hungry.

Scamwatcher
Scamwatcher

So, if this monumental ice event happens, do you think the dummies at GPC will put electrical lines underground? Not in our lifetime! They had rather keep stiffing the rate payers.

honested
honested

Well, at least SouCo has a huge pot of money generated by Georgians for the 'profit' on the disasters at Vogtle to draw from.

In any case, whatever the storm damage, we will each get to spend three times what it costs to clean up.

Time to repeal the Territorial Act and get to the business of small scale distributed generation.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Charlie has on a Black Suit........There will be Funerals.

uh..huh

JenniJenz
JenniJenz

Sounds like a whole lot of advance CYA by the politicians, so that they look less bad when this thing hits.

Bernie31
Bernie31

People there are No Visible Phones in Front of Charlie English in the photo above...None what so ever!

At this Time, I want to see Many Phones in Front of the Emergency Director. If they are not in front of him I want to see an EAR PIECE or phone clipped to Charlie every time I see him or something. Without it to Me, Charlie is just SHUCKING AND JIVING through this Dance. I am NOT confident Charlie is REALLY calling the shots NOW. It seems what we are witnessing is a BEAUTY PADGENT! A Front!

A Lie that Charlie is running things when actually it's the DEAL DOUGH.

I smell a Rat!....... a Big fat one at THAT!... Folks,...We are in Big Trouble!

uh..huh

Kamchak
Kamchak

Epic collisions between ice and Georgia’s white pines are quite another – a meteorological event peculiar to the South, and nothing to be sneered at.

Unless you are lucky enough to have your power lines underground. 

FarTrain
FarTrain

Lord, please send all this ice to Colorado.  They are all on pot and won't really care!

NWGAL
NWGAL

I am glad that Gov Deal actually learned from his last fumble.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@FarTrain  

I was like Kamchak earlier and feeling all smug telling myself that all is OK, since all the power lines in my area are underground...

First day with those brand new reading comprehension skills?

 Just askin'.

honested
honested

@Scamwatcher  

It would cut the 'stranded costs' of the maintenance budget.

Anything that cuts stranded costs is bad for SouCo no matter how good it is for the ratepayers.

PrezObozo1
PrezObozo1

@Bernie31 - This is most likely the secure room where lobbyist offer our corrupt pig-a-ticians money, gifts, sports tickets, very expensive dinners & sissy golf escapades to resorts in exchange for their support,  so no phones is not surprising. Probably no windows either....

TheHarbinger
TheHarbinger

So your neighborhood lines are underground. Good. What about the lines that service your neighborhood? Are they underground too?