Utility companies estimate as many as a quarter-million Georgians were without power Friday morning, and the lights won't be back on in some places until Tuesday, Georgia Power estimates.
The slow and tedious process of restoration means residents must pay attention to safety advisories.
In Dougherty County, Albany officials are asking residents to boil their water at least one minute before drinking until further notice.
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan said Hurricane Michael left residents in a "utility crisis."
"We are trying desperately to keep our water infrastructure in place," she said Friday morning.
Even w/out power, foods in an unopened fridge will keep for about 4 hours, and in an unopened freezer between 24-48 hours. Discard anything exposed to temperatures greater than 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. More @USDAFoodSafety safety tips at https://t.co/NFDSLwLtYb.
— Georgia EM&HS (@GeorgiaEMA) October 11, 2018
Georgia's Emergency Management Agency lists contacts for local emergency management agencies on its website.
In Decatur County, Bainbridge was "battered," City Councilor Roslyn Palmer said. She estimates weeks before cleanup can be completed. That includes power, which Georgia Power estimates might not be restored until Tuesday.
So many trees fell in her yard that she and her husband lost count, Palmer said.
"We went in the closet with helmets on ... and we could hear the thud and thumping," she said. "One (tree falling) was like a sonic boom went off."