On January 2, 2017, severe storms, including tornadoes and straight-line winds, damaged thousands of structures in the Albany, Ga. area, and left thousands of residents without power.

As of January 11 at 5:00 p.m., the city of Albany reported less than 1,000 homes were without power and city staff were continuing to assess the number of homes without power. City staff were also leaving instructions at homes and businesses on how to get power restored. Properties with structural damage may require inspections or repairs before power can be restored.

The city of Albany received mutual aid support from Electric Cities of Georgia partnering communities. Approximately 340 linesmen have worked to help restore power.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management officials are conducting property damage assessments, which are required to apply for federal assistance.

The state of emergency issued by Gov. Deal that directs state resources be available to help with recovery efforts remains in effect until January 18.