Second Irma-related death reported in Georgia

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Nathan Deal expanded a state of emergency declaration to cover all 159 counties in the state as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

A tropical storm watch for Georgia was upgraded to a tropical storm warning on Sunday, with meteorologists projecting the state would see the worst of Irma from Monday morning until Tuesday morning.

Because there is so much damage and so many power outages to much of the area, state leaders are urging evacuees to remain where they are for at least another day.

This is a developing story.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh said there continues to be a large amount of uncertainty about the eventual track of Hurricane Irma, with forecasts likely to fluctuate over the next couple of days.

This comes after the forecasted westward shift of Hurricane Irma, which will bring hurricane force winds, rain, and potential flooding.

The former hurricane remained an huge, 415-mile (668-kilometer) wide storm as its center moved on from Florida Monday afternoon, giving its still-formidable gusts and drenching rains a far reach.

The storms passing also left many without electricity.

The massive size of Irma means all of Georgia felt the effects of the tropical storm. He also ordered nearly 540,000 residents living near the Peach State's coast to evacuate ahead of the storm.

In Georgia, a man was killed when a tree toppled on his house; a woman died after a tree fell on a vehicle in which she was riding.

The main threats for the metro Atlanta area at this point appear to be wind, with sustained winds between 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

"People don't like to leave their homes and businesses, and as little as they like leaving them, they want to get back to them immediately", McMaster said.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, came ashore in Florida as a category four storm on Sunday and battered towns as it worked its way up the state. In Chatham County, Georgia's most populous coastal county that includes Savannah, emergency management director Dennis Jones had said Thursday they should "just move west". Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. No serious injuries had been reported early Tuesday. Isolated tornadoes are also a possibility in South Carolina Sunday night or Monday. Now, radar shows the hurricane traveling farther west.

Atlanta Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong said six crews were responding to fallen trees around the city as winds and rain intensified.

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