I'm sure H22 could answer this better than me, but from what I understand from listening to him for 30 some odd years is that if bad weather is approaching our area they don't send crews to other states. They get with other states and they all work together. I'm sure a lot of Florida crews were sent to LA. right now. I know for a fact Pike in Monroe didn't send anybody. He delivers parts to them daily and still has a good relationship with all of them. I can't speak for GA Power.
From what I understand G.P. stationed all of their crews just south of 85 to be out of the "strike zone" and they started working their way north east after the storm passed. Kinda like'n being a member of Graystone about now, we were only out less than 6 hours and my brother (1 1/2 mile away) never lost power.
We do storm response for several utilities...basically send two-person crews out to identify/report damaged equipment. The utility prioritizes those based on how many customers they can get turned back on the fastest. If there's a line down near a crew that'll only re-energize a couple homes, and one 10 miles away that'll re-energize 100 homes, the 100-home line gets first dibs.
I know that a huge chunk of Marietta, west of Johnson's Ferry and north of Lower Roswell Rd was out until late yesterday. That has to be something akin to 20 or 30,000 residents. It took until almost 10pm to get them (including me) back on. At one point, three of the 4 roads I can take to get into my neighborhood were blocked with bucket trucks and/or tree crews yesterday afternoon.