Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford says that there are currently between 7,000 and 8,000 people without power in Dawson County this morning following Tropical Storm Irma, which blew through the county late Monday afternoon.
Swafford said that there are multiple trees in roadways across the county, most involving downed power lines.
No injuries have been reported, and about five structures have significant damage due to the storm.
County government offices are closed Tuesday along with the school system.
A Dawsonville Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 12 has been cancelled.
Officials are urging residents not to call 911 unless there is an emergency, as crews are working diligently to clear trees and fix power lines across the county with no expected time for power to be restored.
A Dawsonville City Council meeting that was supposed to be held 5 p.m. Monday night was cancelled and rescheduled for before the work session at 5 p.m. Sept. 18.
To check outages in your area or to report an outage, visit the web page of your power provider:
Georgia Power outage map: http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html
Sawnee outage map: https://www.sawnee.com/content/current-outages
Amicalola outage map: http://126.96.36.199:83/