Power outages hit more than 840000 Georgia customers


Hurricane Irma has weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its long, soggy wake struggled to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

Charlotte caught up with her sweeping off a sidewalk, picking up the pieces after Tropical Storm Irma left town.

A third reason was the weakening of the eyewall, the whirling vortex of intense wind and heavy rain at the center of a hurricane.

Irma killed two people in Georgia and four in SC.

Until then, Irma remains a large storm with hurricane force-winds extending 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending 415 miles.

Storm surge warnings for Bonita Beach southward were discontinued in the 11 a.m. advisory.

A state of emergency previously existed primarily for areas near the Georgia coast.

"We have a dog and there were not that many shelters that accepted dogs", the woman said.

Along Georgia's coastline, storm surge of up to 4 to 6 feet could swamp cities such as Savannah on Monday.

-Three people died in Georgia: A 62-year-old man who was on his roof was killed in Worth County, which experienced wind gusts of 69 miles per hour, according to Kannetha Clem, a spokeswoman for the Worth County Sheriff's Office.

MARTA will suspend its Monday bus, rail service including MARTA mobility. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has opened an emergency shelter and urged residents to stay off the roads.

About 800 flights had been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which remained operational Monday as its staff monitored storm conditions with help from the Federal Aviation Administration, airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said.

Some 540,000 people were ordered to evacuate days earlier from Savannah and the rest of Georgia's coast. Production is expected to resume on Wednesday.

- In South Carolina, more than 177,000 customers were without power, according to utility companies. State government offices are closed in several counties and authorities posted a guide on how to prepare for the deluge.

Georgia Power reported 523,000 outages, and Georgia EMC, a trade group that represents electrical utility cooperatives, said nearly 321,000 homes and businesses were without power in its service areas.

Shawn Gillen, Tybee Island's city manager, said waters appeared to be receding quickly but the flooding was extensive on the island of more than 3,000 residents.

He said severe weather in the western part of the state could lead to localized flooding and landslides, especially since wildfires burned through the mountains a year ago. An inch to 2 inches of additional rain could also fall on parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, forecasters said. Hurricane warnings are also in effect well into southern Georgia.