Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Irma roared across the state of Georgia Monday, hitting the southern half of the state especially hard as it worked its way up through Atlanta.
As the storm shifted west from its original projections, Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties were hit the hardest, experiencing significant flooding in addition to the 40 mph+ wind gusts that toppled countless trees. While Savannah and the surrounding area avoided a direct hit, they still suffered their own share of high water.
Some 1.5 million Georgians lost power over the course of the day, with crews getting to work as soon as the winds died down to restore electricity to those affected.
Atlanta itself seemed to avoid the worst of the storm, although downed power lines remain a problem as a result of the city’s famous tree canopy battling Irma’s powerful winds. A Sandy Springs man was one of three Georgia casualties blamed on the storm Monday when a tree fell into his bedroom.
Many local schools will remain closed Tuesday as Irma continues its path over the city, but the worst of the storm is thought to be past. MARTA will re-open this morning and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is expected to be mostly back on schedule after cancelling some 800 flights on Monday. With clear skies forecasted for tomorrow the thousands of Floridians still taking refuge throughout Georgia will be heading back south to check the damage in their own state, which is in many places severe.
Stay tuned for more updates, and for our readers in south Georgia still affected by the storm please see the resources listed below.
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.