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Tropical Storm Irma could bring strong winds, heavy rain to Alabama today

Tropical Storm Irma could bring strong winds, heavy rain to Alabama today”

Widespread threats from Hurricane Irma prompted Georgia's governor to declare an emergency Sunday for the entire state, where coastal Savannah was evacuated for the second time in less than a year and Atlanta faced its first-ever tropical storm warning.

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be closed again Tuesday, Sept. 12 as Tropical Storm Irma moves into the area.

The massive storm hammered much of Florida on Sunday.

The National Weather Service said flooding rains were a major concern today, with 20 to 38 centimeters of rainfall predicted in southeast Georgia. Forecasters predicted winds up to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) on Monday morning with gusts possibly reaching hurricane force of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

The county is located in southwest Georgia, where Irma's center was churning northwestward toward Alabama on Monday afternoon.

"We're on the wrong side of the storm", Burns said.

Listed below are the current weather alerts for metro Atlanta.

"The vast majority of Alabamians are only going to be affected by thunderstorm-like wind and rain conditions with some possible flash flooding", Ivey said.

Burns said the wind and rain will taper off by Tuesday morning.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Catherine Howden said Monday that one storm-related death has been confirmed in Worth County, about 170 miles south of Atlanta. Clay, Randolph and Quitman Counties are under a Tropical Storm Warning - where those wind speeds of 45-60mph and gusts up to 80mph are likely.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

"Even though the storm prediction center is not indicating any tornado prospects for us, I'm saying there's a chance for isolated tornadoes that can spin up without warning", Burns said. The winds could arrive as early as Monday evening. With wind gusts reaching 112 kph, officials ordered a daytime curfew for the 1,12,000 residents of Lowndes County, which includes Valdosta.

The watch goes into effect at 8 a.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Rain from Irma was already falling on the state early Monday and would continue to spread to the north and west through the day.

Deal also issued an executive order authorizing 5,000 National Guard personnel to be mobilized on state active duty for response and recovery operations from Hurricane Irma.



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