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Power Companies prepare for Tropical Storm Karen

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Power companies around the area are preparing for Tropical Storm Karen this weekend. Alabama Power has already begun staging crews and equipment in areas that are most likely to be affected. Representatives will be on hand in case the power goes out so they can restore it as quickly as possible.

"If we do experience power outages we will be out and working as soon as it's safe for our employees to be out," said Linda Brannon with Alabama Power.

She said they have already begun mobilizing workings and their storm center will be staffed 24/7 until all customer's service is restored. There are some things customers in both Georgia and Alabama can do to keep the power on.

"The best thing to do is make sure you don't have any low hanging limbs or dead trees or dead limbs hanging over your power lines. That's normally what will cause you the problem," said Harold Upchurch at Columbus Power.

There are other precautions homeowners should take. You should always be careful of picking up debris after a storm. A live power line could be hidden under that debris and could have some serious consequences.

"An energized line could shock and potentially kill someone so we want our customers to be very aware that they should stay away from downed power lines," said Brannon.

You should fully charged all electronic devices in case you lose power for a couple of hours. Homeowners should also keep their refrigerator and freezer closed as often as possible. Brannon said food can stay frozen for 2-3 days if you do this, and unplug big appliances. When the power goes off. It can cause an overload on the server if they are all turned on at once.

Columbus Power will also have extra technicians on call to provide quick service during the storm.

You can visit www.georgiapower.com or www.alabamapower.com to find out the easiest way to report an outage.

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