Gov. Cooper Declares State Of Emergency In Anticipation Of Irma Impacts

Gov. Cooper Declares State Of Emergency In Anticipation Of Irma Impacts

"There is a chance of direct impacts in portions of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, but it is too early to specify the magnitude and location of these impacts", hurricane specialist Jack Beven said.

The most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever, Irma weakened only slightly Thursday morning and remained a powerful Category 5 storm with winds of 180 miles per hour (285 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Spalding scrambled to get furniture off the floor as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water rose quickly inside the house. "In fact, stupid is the reason most of us have jobs", the statement says. "Everything's fine and the next minute you're scratching your head saying, 'What the hell happened?'"

Down in Florida, because of the waived regulations, insurance provider Florida Blue announced it would allow members to get temporary 30-day emergency supplies of medication.

As the Caribbean reeled from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, concerns were growing about Hurricane Jose, which was continuing to pick up pace further east in the Atlantic.

This northerly path was bad news for Floridians but brought many in SC a sense of relief.

While Matthew's destruction was largely confined to coastal areas, Irma had a much wider path of damage. Trees and power lines are still down in some areas across the state and crews are working to make repairs.

"My understanding for the northern beach project - the sand that's being pumped in Kitty Hawk - is that they are going to remove the dredge and prepare for rough seas", Hester said.

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The storms passing also left many without electricity.

The most recent briefing on Hurricane Irma was published by the National Weather Service at 5 p.m. Thursday and describes moderate-to-high confidence in impact for the central part of the state.

"There's just things I can't save", she said. But, overall, the health care facilities reported weathering the storm without major problems.

About 800 flights had been cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which remained operational Monday, even as many planes turned corners of the tarmac into a parking lot. "C'mon Irma", said Kucyk.

Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the emergency declaration to include an additional 65 counties. Given the track of the storm, Sprayberry said the state was shifting resources west. At this time, it looks like the center of Irma will track through Georgia. In addition, In the days leading up to Irma's possible landfall in SC, law enforcement officers have emphasized to residents the importance of packing up their medication before evacuating.

"We are very happy the hurricane went someplace else - the main force of it", McMaster said Tuesday and what he planned to be his last briefing on Irma.

The tidal surge sent damaged boats rushing more than three blocks onto downtown streets in St. Marys, just north of the Georgia-Florida state line, St. Marys Police Lt. Shannon Brock said.

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