(Cleveland)- Utility crews are still working Friday morning to restore power for those affected by the Wednesday night/Thursday morning storm in Northeast Georgia.

Habersham Electric Membership Corporation said Thursday that the day was very challenging for their crews and power customers. Lineman worked throughout the night Thursday trying to get every member’s power back on.  A social media post from HEMC stated they had 23 broken poles from this storm, plus numerous miles of wire torn down.

As of Friday morning at 6 AM the number of outages has been reduced to 253 in the service area with 237 of those in White County.  The biggest single outage is Highway 129 north of Cleveland near the Lumpkin County line.

While these customers wait for power to be restored White County High School and White County Senior Center had their power service restored yesterday, so that means all White County Schools will be open Friday.  White County Senior Center Director Barbara Overton says the senior center will be open and operating normally on Friday.

As of late Thursday White County Public Safety reported all but three county roads were open those included; Ridge Road near 220 block, Tolhurst Road, and Antioch Cemetery Road.