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During that same phone call, Georgia Power said 39,000 customers in Bibb, Twiggs, and Jones Counties were still without power, 68,000 across the Central Georgia region.

Entire gymnasiums were used to house linemen while they worked around the clock to get the power back on.

Driving around Macon Tuesday, it was clear their work is cut out for them.

Walter and his wife have been without power since Monday morning.

County Line Road was one of the hardest hit places causing hundreds to be without power in the area.

Walter is keeping good spirits even without power.

In Hollywood, Florida, eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days.

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"We're alright, we went out and got something to eat but everything in this area is out", Walter said. Theresa Robinson says they prioritize restoring emergency services first. So that would help if we didn't have so many customers asking, 'when my lights gonna be on? "Either by getting some trees off the lines or doing some switching", Robinson explained. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation". In a statement, Georgia Power urged patience during the widespread fix efforts. You move resources in, you get it quickly.

The number of power outages in Georgia continued to drop Wednesday after Irma slogged through the state as a tropical storm, claiming at least two lives.

"That is a challenge we're facing", Kraft said.

"If you'll notice the pole has been broken...tree fell across the wire and broke the pole".

But for people like Walter, it'll take some time and heavy-lifting to get the lights back on.

Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in US history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers. In can be incredibly risky, and potentially deadly.

Georgia Power announced yesterday that it expects to have service restored to 95% of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Sunday night.

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