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Irma damaged nearly 1,500 utility poles and knocked down more than 2,000 trees, according to Georgia Power. So why not bury more power lines, so the lights don't go out when a tree falls nearby?

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In short: It’s really expensive, and it’s not necessarily the best solution.

“The common thought is that if we bury the lines, then when we have storms like this, then we won't have outages,” said Craig Bell, a spokesman for Georgia Power.

Jack and Michelle Welch with their dog outside the Kirkwood Public House for lunch. They said they have been eating out because they have been without power since Monday and threw out everything in their fridge on Tuesday night.
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More than 170,000 homes and businesses in the 10-county metro Atlanta area were still without power Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgia Power and Georgia EMC outage maps. 

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Outside the Taproom Coffee shop on Hosea Williams Drive, Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum rocked her newborn, Emilia, back and forth in her lap.

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Thousands of Georgians are starting the day in the dark, after storms passed through Tuesday night. 

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Georgia Power reports at one point last night more than 171,000 customers were without power. Of those, about 38,000 were in the greater Atlanta area.

The strong storm system started to enter North Georgia in the afternoon.

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A downed tree and a transformer fire are to blame for a power outage that has left nearly 20,000 people in the Atlanta area without power Friday morning.

Georgia Power officials say a tree fell on power lines on Northside Drive, near Collier Road.

"At this point, we don't even have a cause as for why that tree fell, so we're still trying to investigate everything as we try to put the lights and power back," said Georgia Power spokesman Craig Bell.

Roughly 95 percent of the power was restored within 75 minutes, according to Bell.