Officials at the Electric Cooperative say the extreme cold and current demand for electricity are stressing the electrical system to the max.
Habersham Electric Membership Corporation officials say they expect that to continue throughout this bitterly cold day.
HEMC crews have been working through the night and will continue to work today and tomorrow, but are seeing fuses blowing and electrical equipment tripping (causing flashing) due to the huge load on the system.
Habersham EMC is asking members to respond now by reducing load (power consumption) in their homes and wherever possible.
Elsewhere in North Georgia, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC began temporary service outages of 15 minutes every hour to try to stabilize the power grid.
Ways to help:
Lower the thermostat by at least 2 degrees as soon as possible.
Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electronics, including lights.
Do not use appliances or other electronics unnecessarily.
Delay the use of hot water during this time if you are using an electric water heater.