Nearly 90,000 Georgia customers still lack power after Hurricane Matthew

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's utility companies say nearly 90,000 customers remained without power in southeast Georgia and along the state's coast as crews continue working to restore electricity and other services after Hurricane Matthew.

Georgia Power reports that about 75,000 of its customers remained without power Tuesday morning. Most of them were in the Savannah area.

Separately, the state's electric membership cooperatives said about 14,000 of its customers were without power Tuesday morning. The cooperatives, which serve many rural parts of Georgia, said its remaining outages are in the most heavily damaged areas from the storm.

Other services are slowly being restored along the coast. Water officials on Tuesday announced that residents and businesses on St. Simons Island no longer need to boil water after tests were negative for contaminants.

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has opened its tanks to more than a dozen sea turtles temporarily moved from Jekyll Island to keep them safe during Hurricane Matthew.

Authorities say the storm prompted workers at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to send 18 turtles to Atlanta over the weekend.

The sea turtles are expected to remain at the aquarium's animal care facility for at least a week as Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff head back to Jekyll Island to evaluate their homes and the facility.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center's website says the facility is focused on conservation and increasing awareness through sea turtle education, rehabilitation, and research programs. It's also one of the island's main tourist attractions, where visitors can watch employees care for the animals.

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