Thousands of people are without power here in Central Georgia after the beginning of the tropical storm sweeping the area.

On Monday, Georgia Power, along with hundreds of employees, are on standby.

They are all pulling together to help.

Theresa Robinson, the External Affairs manager for Georgia Power, says dozens of power trucks from states all over the U.S. packed the Macon Centreplex parking lot Monday.

Inside were more than 500 Georgia Power employees, but for safety reasons, crews were staying put.

“Anything that's over 40 miles per hour is much too dangerous for our crews to be out in their buckets,” says Robinson.

“You can't go up in the bucket when the winds are that high and it's just not safe,” she continued.

She says they’re expecting 800 people this evening that are coming in and they'll be staying at the Coliseum.

With thousands of power outages all around Central Georgia, Georgia Power says safety always comes first.

"Stay inside. If you see downed power lines, stay away from them. Always know that those power lines can be energized," says Robinson.