GA Gov. expands state of emergency to entire state

GA Gov. expands state of emergency to entire state”

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has extended the State of Emergency for 64 additional counties, bringing the total to 94 counties.

The former hurricane remained an vast, 668km wide storm as its centre moved on from Florida on Monday afternoon, giving its still-formidable gusts and drenching rains a far reach. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour with tropical storm-force winds could whip through starting Monday morning and into Tuesday, forecasters said.

New drywall, new insulation, repaired door frames and fresh paint - Joey Spalding was still finishing repairs at his home on Tybee Island almost a year after it got flooded by Hurricane Matthew.

The Georgia Port Authority said Thursday operations at the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick will be shut down ahead of the arrival of deadly Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in North America, has been under surveillance by many states along the Atlantic Coast for the last couple of weeks.

"I don't think people who have lived here a long time have ever seen flooding this bad", Gillen said.

All of Georgia's interstates are passable, Georgia Department of Transportation's commissioner Russell McMurry said, but the Talmadge and Sidney Lanier bridges remain closed for inspections after the powerful storm that brought near hurricane force winds to Savannah.

Atlanta hotels and shelters filled with evacuees by Sunday morning.

@GeorgiaPower on Twitter - Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Irma destroyed 25% of homes in the Florida Keys.

"We hope we don't need them in North Carolina, but they may be needed in other states", Cooper said.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Raleigh said that bands of moderate to heavy rain will pass through central North Carolina today and Tuesday bringing nearly two inches of precipitation. The winds could arrive as early as Monday evening.

Georgia's coast was largely empty less than a year after Hurricane Matthew caused $500 million in damage and killed three people last October. While this is much less unsafe, it has still forced many school systems across the state to close. There were still more than 100,000 power outages reported in the state Tuesday afternoon. Isolated tornadoes are also a possibility in South Carolina Sunday night or Monday.

Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong said six crews were responding to fallen trees around the city as winds and rain intensified. Now, radar shows the hurricane traveling farther west.

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