A change in Hurricane Irma’s path means more preparation for metro Atlanta as the region is expected to be impacted.

Georgia Power has the following three tips for residents:

  • Be mindful of the storm drains in your neighborhoods and if they are clogged up with debris and leaves. This could cause flooding as heavy rainfall moves through the metro.
  • Also, examine the trees near your homes. Trees tend to fall over with heavy winds and rain. It could pose as a dangerous threat to your property, vehicles and your own personal safety.
  • Trees could also bring down powerlines which could cause power outages. So be mindful of what’s in close proximity to your homes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says they’re anticipating the four times the amount of traffic metro Atlanta is normally used to. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes for commuting purposes because of the traffic congestion.

People are warned not to pass through barricades on roadways. If a road is closed off, it’s closed off for a reason.

GDOT says if you see standing water, don’t take any changes. Your vehicle may not make it through. It may appear to be shallow, but do not risk your safety because looks can be deceiving.

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