Governor expected to expand Irma declaration

10 September, 2017, 14:48 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Irma evacuees find full hotels but a warm welcome in Georgia

In Chatham County, Georgia's most populous coastal county that includes Savannah, emergency management director Dennis Jones warned Irma could bash the coast with 15 feet (4.5 metres) of storm surge and force floodwaters up two rivers, potentially swamping 60 per cent of the county.

"Please do not let your guard down".

"It is also possible that Irma doesn't make landfall over South Florida and heads into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but this is an unlikely scenario at this point", Doll said. And Monday's tide is expected to be even higher.

According to Weather.com, Irma is now expected to make its closest approach to the Carolinas on Monday, although the center of the storm is now expected to track through Georgia.

South Florida Waste Management District Spaghetti model for the afternoon of September 9
South Florida Waste Management District Spaghetti model for the afternoon of September 9

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for Friday night as waves start rising from Hurricane Irma. The storm is moving west northwest at 16 miles per hour and is expected to pass just north of Haiti and Cuba on Saturday morning.

The eye of the storm on Friday afternoon was between Cuba and the Bahamas.

In a second case, Irma could turn into the southern tip of Florida and track northward through that state, weakening before it reaches the Carolinas.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper had declared a state of emergency in preparation for the approaching storm.

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Even if the forecast track holds, it's still hard to pin down what would happen in SC, said meteorologist James Carpenter of the National Weather Service in Charleston.

SC could also see heavy rain and flooding in some inland regions.

Adrian Johnson, who was waiting with her 26-year-old daughter, said she would rather stay home, but she preferred to be safe from the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. But Derrec Becker with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said the path is too uncertain for people to relax.

Due to the shifting forecast, the company has reduced its estimate of impacted customers from 350,000 to around 70,000.

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He urged drivers to follow evacuation signs posted along the highways, "no matter what they say on Google maps".

"This storm can impact any part of North Carolina - all over our state from the mountains to the coast", Cooper said.

With Hurricane Irma expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to Georgia in the coming days, Georgia Power is monitoring the changing weather around the clock, mobilizing crews and preparing to respond to any service interruptions which may occur.

Monday: Irma is forecast to pass very close to the Suwannee Valley.

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Sunday: Increasing wind throughout the day with tropical rainbands moving in to the region with sustained Tropical Storm force wind arriving in Alachua, Putnam and Flagler counties early Sunday morning.

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