Hurricane Irma, having devastated large swaths of Florida and now invading Georgia, is scheduled to reach metro Atlanta with 40-plus mph winds and heavy rain early Monday into Tuesday. As Georgians await Irma, click onto www.gema.ga.org on how to keep safe during the bad weather and loss of electricity. You can also receive current forecasts by visiting National Hurricane Center.
Yesterday Gov. Nathan Deal expanded and declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Georgia. Depending on how the storm moves, metro Atlanta counties should be prepared to see the wind effects of Irma, which is already causing falling trees and limbs. Many school systems, colleges, universities and some businesses are closing offices today and Tuesday. So check with your employer, website or media outlets for updates.
U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has also compiled helpful information for Georgians affected by Hurricane Irma in southern and coastal Georgia counties. For information regarding conditions and services in local areas, the congressman advises that you contact your local emergency management agency:
If you need assistance or have questions about Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-TRY-GEMA (1-800-879-4362) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For medical or health related questions, call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
If you are in immediate danger call 911, but please reserve 911 for emergencies only.
Traffic and Roadway Conditions
Visit 511ga.org or call 511 for the latest information on roadway conditions or to report flooding, road, or bridge damage.
For updates from Georgia EMC, visit https://georgiaemc.com/emcs-of-georgia/search-by-map.
Sheltering and state park information is available on the GEMA/HS website or by calling 1-800-TRY-GEMA.
For additional information, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS.