Deal expands Irma emergency declaration to all Georgia counties

South Carolina governor declares state of emergency for Irma

"I was extremely humbled", said Gragg. "And that just blew up", Buck said. Authorities also struggled to clear the single highway connecting the string of islands to the mainland.

The storm gradually lost strength, weakening to a tropical storm on Monday morning as it moved towards southern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said. Twenty-three people have been confirmed dead as a result of the storm, according to The Guardian, and a potentially historic mass evacuation is happening in Florida right now.

It was on Friday afternoon when Governor Rick Scott stated that anyone who was able to leave Florida should do so before Irma began to wreak havoc on the state.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, where many schools cancelled classes because of the storm.

The current forecast takes Irma over much of Florida as it tracks north, weakening it considerably prior to its closest approach to inland Georgia. At least 36 people died in the storm's wake across the Caribbean. That's more than the population of NY and Los Angeles combined. City officials said it would have taken about two weeks to move the massive equipment.

More than 180,000 people huddled in shelters in the Sunshine State.

"It does look like we're going have frequent enough gusts that it could knock down some weakly rooted trees, and perhaps some tree branches may get knocked down as well", she said.

"I don't know, honey", his wife replied.

In a parting shot, it triggered severe flooding around Jacksonville in the state's northeastern corner.

On Sunday, Deal expanded a State of Emergency to include all of Georgia.

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Irma kills 2 in Georgia, 1 in Sth Carolina
Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938. Cooper said five Red Cross shelters are hosting people from Florida and other states who are fleeing the storm.

Around the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, where Irma rolled through early Monday, damage appeared modest.

On Sunday afternoon, it rounded Florida's south-western corner and hugged the coast closely as it pushed towards Naples, Sanibel, Fort Myers and, beyond that, Sarasota. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

But Cathy Haynes with Charleston County Emergency Management urged the public to stay alert and prepare for the worst.

The Keys are linked by 42 bridges that have to be checked for safety before motorists can be allowed in, officials said. "A t-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook page.

"Our emergency response teams are seasoned and ready".

"If Hurricane Irma were to affect Western Carolina University, we will follow the University's Adverse Weather Policy (Policy # 41) to make determinations on class and work schedules". He stresses this was a storm not commonly seen in the state.

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.

Irma was expected to restrengthen as it heads Florida and will remain a very risky hurricane for the next two days, the center said.

People in the heavily populated Tampa-St. Winds will not reach tropical strength in central North Carolina, but it will be breezy with gusts possibly as high as 30 to 35 miles per hour.

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