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 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:

Bacon: 912-632-7979
Brantley: 912-462-7874
Bryan: 912-858-2799
Camden: 912-729-5602
Charlton: 912-469-1081
Chatham: 912-201-4500
Clinch: 912-487-3700
Echols: 229-559-8500
Effingham: 912-754-8888
Glynn: 912-554-7826
Liberty: 912-368-2201
Long: 912-545-0053
McIntosh: 912-437-6671
Pierce: 912-449-2040
Ware: 912-287-4394
Wayne: 912-427-5979

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 or call 511 for the latest information on roadway conditions or to report flooding, road, or bridge damage.

Power Outages

Visit to report and check the status of outages. You can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

For updates from Georgia EMC, visit


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.


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