Georgia officials announced a state of emergency in most counties on Sunday in preparation for Hurricane Irma following the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning in Atlanta — for the very first time in town’s background.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the state of emergency at 159 counties following Irma’s forecasted path threatened to unleash deadly wind gusts, heavy rain and potential flooding as early as Sunday night, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
“I want to caution all Georgians that simply because the weather appears calm today, don’t take that for granted,” Deal said in a previous news conference.
The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning . Wind gusts up to 60 miles with tropical storm-force winds could whip morning through starting Monday and into Tuesday, forecasters said. Peak winds were expected to reach 30 to 40 mph. Officials said a Category 3 storm at Sunday afternoon, Irma, could damage sheds, carports, porches and mobile homes.
State government offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday along with different schools. Components of south Georgia are under a Hurricane Warning.
Shelters and Atlanta hotels filled by Sunday morning. Staff were flexible with principles to accommodate evacuees. Pit bulls were walked by guests . Families pulled clutched blankets and roller bags as they squeezed into little rooms without beds.
A block away, a church provided hugs.
Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane only after 9 a.m. Sunday, bringing 130 mph winds and inches of rain over hours. Back in Miami, a crane — one in town of the two dozen — dropped due to winds.
The storm threatens to wreak chaos in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee has it heads north. President Trump talked to the governors in the states from the Camp David presidential retreat.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.
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