Tropical Storm Irma is moving away, but her effects are still being felt across the Peach State. Here are the latest updates.
TUESDAY, Sept. 12
As of 8:30 p.m., over 490,000 Georgia Power customers across the state were still experiencing outages, many of them concentrated on the coast and metro Atlanta. Another nearly 270,000 Georgia EMC customers were also without power.
As power outages linger across the metro area, several school districts, including Atlanta Public Schools have canceled classes again for Wednesday. Click here for the latest closings.
Alert: APS campuses and district offices will remain closed Wednesday, September 13.— ATL Public Schools (@apsupdate) September 12, 2017
It's the question on everyone's minds: When will the power be back on? 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross spoke with Georgia Power to find out.
12:30PM Gov. Deal lifts the mandatory evacuation for six coastal counties. However, local officials must give you clearance to return.
To re-enter your county, listen to local officials. The Governor lifted the mandatory evacuation, BUT re-entry is decided at local level.— Georgia EM&HS (@GeorgiaEMA) September 12, 2017
10:30AM Gov. Deal and the heads of several agencies addressed the state regarding Irma's recovery plan. For the full press conference, click here.
7:25AM No trash collection in the City of Atlanta for Tuesday
5:30AM DeKalb County released a list of 86 roads that are closed because of downed trees. For a full list of damage and closed roads, click here.
4:33AM The City of Brookhaven announced they're closing City Hall administrative offices, recreation centers and Municipal Court today. Non-emergency city employees do not report to work Tuesday. The Brookhaven Emergency Operations Center, which was activated at 11 a.m. yesterday, remains in operation.
DeKalb sanitation collection is suspended and will resume Wednesday for residential customers who are normally served on Monday. Those with typical Tuesday service will be served next Tuesday.
DeKalb County courts are also closed.
MONDAY, Sept. 11
10:40PM National Weather Service downgrades Irma to a tropical depression. Tropical storm warning cancelled for all counties.
9:04PM East Point City Government will be closed on Tuesday due to inclement weather
9:03PM Inclement weather has postponed the Tuesday session of the Suwanee Municipal Court. Those who were scheduled for court will need to call 770-945-6962 after Wednesday for a rescheduled date.
8:56PM MARTA plans to launch limited bus and rail services at 7 a.m. on Tuesday while also rolling out its full MARTA mobility operations beginning at 4 a.m. Bus and rail services will increase throughout the day as weather conditions improve.
8:55PM Sandy Springs officials are now urging motorists to stay off the roads not only on Monday night but also on Tuesday. Local government made the announcement in hopes of keeping streets clear so that Georgia Power can work safely when they finally get to the scenes of several damaged power lines. The city is one of many around the state facing major outages and blocked roads. And for northern metro residents, those blocked roads also include major commuter routes such as Spalding Drive, Riverside Drive, Johnson Ferry Road, Powers Ferry Road, Lake Forrest, Northside Drive and Glenridge Road.
8:51PM The City of Social Circle is issuing a curfew effective immediately. It was put in place by the mayor due to trees and power lines down across roads. The curfew insists that no one should be in the streets until 7 a.m. - though Social Circle Parkway will remain open. North Cherokee, South Cherokee, and East Hightower will be closed to all traffic except local residents.
8:09PM A flood warning has been issued for Big Creek near Alpharetta until Thursday morning due to the possibility of minor flooding.
8PM Tropical Storm Irma is now located 55 miles to the southeast of Columbus Georgia, and 120 miles south of Atlanta, with sustained winds of 45 mph. It's moving 16 mph to the north-northwest. Even as a tropical storm, it continues to span an estimated 415 miles in width - though it continues to weaken. On its present track, it is expected to become a tropical depression in Alabama on Tuesday. Full story
7:47PM Rockdale County has implemented a voluntary curfew for residents encouraging them to stay off roads and in their homes. The county sheriff's office announced the curfew late Monday in an effort to ensure the safety of residents, first responders and any other crews that may be working to secure the area. For those that chose to follow the curfew, that will mean staying home between 8 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. on Monday.
6:47PM The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office confirms yet another storm related death. Officials said that a female passenger has died after a tree crashed into a car in a private driveway near Shadburn Road. Despite attempts to rescue the woman, authorities said that the victim died from her injuries. Deputies are now working to notify family and have not yet released the name of the victim. Full story
6:45PM Georgia Power and Georgia EMC now report just shy of 1.5 million customers without power in Georgia
6:40PM Morehouse confirms Atlanta University Center (AUC) will remain closed on Tuesday due to high wind and heavy rain caused by Irma
6:08PM Amid strong wind and high water, a sign of hope has appeared above Tybee Island on Georgia's coast. Tyson Paul shared a photo of a rainbow over the beach.
6:06PM A new photo shows waters rising quickly at Beaver Ruin Creek in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Police released the photo and said that the water levels are increasing ever faster as the rain intensifies. However, at that point, there is not yet any danger to structures.
6:05PM Zoo Atlanta will be closed on Tuesday due to weather.
6:02PM Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia has announced it will be closed for day classes on Tuesday. However, all administrative offices will be open during normal hours. Evening classes - those after 5 p.m. - will also meet as scheduled.
6:01PM Amtrak is temporarily suspending service in the southeast due to severe weather. This impacts Miami to New York routes, Lorton, Virginia to Sanford Florida routes and New York City to Savannah, Georgia routes. These will remain in effect through Wednesday.
5:41PM Georgia Power confirms that nearly 50 percent of its customers are without power due to extensive damage throughout the state - in large part due to fallen trees. The company now has increased personnel and has more than 5,500 personnel in place to fix outages, but the weather is still keeping them from getting into the neighborhoods to assess the damage. Repairs could take anywhere from days to weeks.
5:39PM Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta will be closed on Tuesday, officials confirm.
5:28PM Police departments across Georgia are taking to social media to tell the public to stay home if they don't have a reason to be on the road. Authorities are dealing with roadways blocked with trees, downed lines and flood waters. So they're hoping that motorists will heed their advice and stay off the roadways until Irma passes. Meanwhile, residents have posted their own videos that show more great reasons to save the road trip for later. One of those comes from Beverly Lisle Head who posted on Facebook that her son's dash camera caught a frightening sight. The video, she said, was on Highway 92 near Vaughn Road in Spalding County where a tree actually fell on a passing car.
5:20PM Gwinnett Fire confirms that a man was rescued from being trapped under a tree in his mobile home Monday afternoon. The victim was inside the home around 2:39 p.m. when the tree fell in the 700 block of Athens Highway SW at the Inman Mobile Home Park outside of Loganville. When crews arrived, they found the adult male victim with his legs pinned beneath a tree. Firefighters used airbags to free the man. He was taken to Eastside Medical Center in Snellville for non-emergency treatment.
5:16PM A tree has fallen through the roof of a home in Douglas County, officials confirm. The incident happened on Mt. Vernon Road a mile south of Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs.
5:12PM Alpharetta officials confirm a residential fire caused by a suspected lightning strike. The fire happened on Dinsmore Road. Crews in the county are also working to remove several fallen trees along roads and on power lines.
4:55PM The center of Tropical Storm Irma is located about 10 miles east of Albany. Despite being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm earlier Monday morning, the storm is still capable of producing wind gusts that are near hurricane force, according to the National Hurricane Center. Ongoing impact updates here
4:54PM Atlanta police officials are warning that Peachtree and Nancy creeks are in danger of cresting soon. Police and firefighters are going door-to-door in impacted neighborhoods advising residents of the need to make plans to deal with potential flooding. Anyone needing shelter at an American Red Cross Center is asked to call 404-520-8865 for assistance. Other concerns can be directed toward 311 or, in the case of life-threatening emergencies, 911.
4:48PM Out of an abundance of caution, Publix Super Markets in metro Atlanta will close at 7 p.m. on Monday. They plan to reopen at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
PHOTOS | Hurricane Irma damage in the metro Atlanta
4:42PM MARTA confirms it will resume l.imited bus, paratransit, and rail services on Tuesday at 7 a.m. Services will increase system wide as conditions improve.
4:40PM Police confirm a man in Sandy Springs has died after a tree fell into his house. Details are still limited but officials confirm the victim was a man in his 50s. Full story
4:38PM The Georgia Tech versus University of Central Florida football game called has been called off because of Irma. The game was planned at UCF's Spectrum Stadium which is being used as a prime staging area for more than 1,000 Florida National Guard members. Full story
4:14PM Athens-Clarke County police have a first-hand reminder for the public that they need to stay off the roads. They've posted a photo of one of their own cruisers partially crushed after a tree fell on top of it. The officer will be OK but authorities are hoping this drives the point home - and keeps residents there.
3:55PM Even though Irma stormed in from the other side of the state, heavy rains are bringing floods and anything but beach weather into Georgia's coastal communities. Tybee Island already has flood-level standing water along some of its streets. In fact, the shallow portion of a flooded area of roadway - also the main route onto and off of the island - is knee deep.
3:51PM Extremely heavy rain is bringing a south Georgia river near flood stage. In Albany, Georgia, Irma is dumping huge amounts of rain into the area causing overflows in the water system but also bringing the Flint River to a dangerous milestone. The river is already swollen from the extra rains. Officials said that once the river reaches flood stage, the river walk will be completely covered in water. While that's not enough to pose a risk to homes, concerns are that it will continue rising and reach the levels of previous historic floods in recent decades - a rare occurrence. That could be helped along by rains falling upstream and in north Georgia draining down into the lower Georgia rivers and tributaries.
3:39PM Multiple trees down in Sandy Springs on roads and on power lines. Crews are scrambling to clear up the issues as they happen. As they work, local authorities are pleading with the public to stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe.
3:21PM Georgia Power crews are working around the clock to restore power as Irma's bands lead to high winds, fallen trees and downed power lines throughout the state. Unfortunately, these dangerous conditions are also slowing efforts. Ashley West with Georgia Power said that they are currently forced to hold their crews back until the wind dies down. In addition to concern for their safety, West said that an on-the-job injury could also delay power restoration efforts. Recent estimates show about 650,000 outages across Georgia. But West said that number is increasing as the minutes go by. Overall, there are already 6,000 "events" that have led to outages - and in each case, crews will have to assess the damage to determine how best to fix the problem. Georgia Power has about 3,400 personnel ready to go out and restore power once conditions are safe to do so. In addition to online outage maps and phone hotlines, Georgia Power is also manning their social media outlets to answer questions including Facebook and Twitter. As for safety, West is urging Georgia residents to remain indoors until crews can come clear the area of dangerous downed lines.
3:15PM An extremely large tree has dropped on a home in Cobb County causing serious damage. Chris Hopper reports the incident happened on Cherry Street in Marietta. The tree appears to have fallen through the middle of the home's attic. Neighbors said tree came down earlier in the day but no one was injured. It appears wind combined with extremely saturated ground led to the large tree becoming uprooted and falling over. A tree service is already on the scene working to get the large tree off the home.
3:10PM A brief reprieve in rough weather has been interrupted in Athens, Georgia. 11Alive's Jon Shirek reporting more trees down in recent moments with some coming close to falling on cars. One witness reports at least one tree coming within inches of falling on a driver on her street. The falling trees are also leading to increased calls of residential and commercial power outages and traffic lights without power in the Athens area.
3PM: More than 1 million Georgia Power and Georgia EMC customers without power across Georgia. Click here for the latest power updates. Georgia Power is advising the public to make sure that all important devices are charged, if possible, ahead of outages.
2:56PM: Tropical storm force winds (39mph and greater) reported across portions of metro Atlanta. Be safe and stay off the roads.
2:40PM: Due to "deteriorating conditions," rideshare service Uber said it would be suspending operations in the Atlanta area at 3 p.m. "for the safety of our riders and drivers." Click here to check for more updates from Uber.
2:30PM A resident confirms that a heavy gust on wet ground sent a massive tree slamming through a woman's home. The resident said she was sitting in her living room with her son when the incident happened. Luckily no one was injured. She said neighbors also rushed out to help her and help her shut off utilities at the severely damaged home.
2PM: The center of Tropical Storm Irma was located about 50 miles south-southeast of Albany. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 mph with higher gusts. It was moving north-northwest at 17 mph.
1:42PM: A Worth County man reportedly died when he fell through his roof while removing something that fell on his home at about 11 am. Winds at the time were gusting to about 69 mph.
1:07PM: The eye of Irma has entered Georgia. Here's a timeline of what you can expect and when.
1:05PM: The City of Atlanta tweeted that the Jefferson Place Shelter is full. They say proceed to the Old Adamsville Rec Center at 2 p.m. if you need shelters. Click here for the full list.
12:50PM: 11Alive's Christie Etheridge has a look at the flooding from Tybee Island (Follow her page for more updates):
12PM: 11Alive's Joe Henke has a look at a street light down in Macon:
11:45AM: More than 529,000 customers were reported without power across Georgia as the center of Irma approached the Georgia-Florida state line.
11AM: The center of Tropical Storm Irma was located about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, moving to the north-northwest toward the Georgia line at 17 mph.
10:30AM: Southwest Airlines announced that all flights to and from Atlanta will be canceled after 1 pm. The carrier plans a normal schedule out of Hartsfield-Jackson on Tuesday.
10AM: Georgia Power and Georgia EMC reported a combined total of more than 436,000 customers without power across the state as Tropical Storm Irma moves in.
8:00AM: Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is still capable of producing hurricane force wind gusts.
4:00AM: As Irma moves closer to Georgia, 11Alive StormTrackers began continuous live coverage to give you the latest developments and updates.
2:31AM: According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma has downgraded to a strong Category 1 storm. It is moving north-northwest at 14 mph.
SUNDAY, Sept. 10
11PM: The National Hurricane Center says Irma has a very large wind field with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 80 miles. Its center will continue to move over western Florida through Monday morning and then into the southeastern United States late Monday and Tuesday.
Here's the latest from Chris Holcomb.
9:35PM: The Gwinnett County transit system anticipates changes to service on Monday. Click here to see the latest.
Gwinnett County Transit schedule change is as follows: pic.twitter.com/5Z0Psj8Xak— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) September 11, 2017
8:55PM: State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says that assistance will be available for Georgians disrupted by Hurricane Irma.
Butlers says help cane be made through Disaster Unemployment Assistance, a program to help eligible workers can get as much as $330 a week for up to 26 weeks if they are unable to return to work due to storm damage. The determination for DUA will be made only after the storm hits, damage is assessed and a federal disaster has been declared by the President.
“The heavy damage that results from natural disasters often forces businesses to close for repairs, leaving owners and employees without income,” Butler said. “These federal unemployment benefits help provide a financial bridge until their income resumes.”
The department has established toll free numbers for employers (1-855-436-7365) and employees (1-877-709-8185) seeking help to call.
8:50PM: Georgia Power announced it has mobilized 3,400 personnel to respond to Hurricane Irma damage and said customers should prepare now for extended power outages. The utility is expecting widespread, extensive damage due to high winds, heavy rains and fallen trees.
8:15 PM: MARTA has suspended all bus and rail service for Monday, Sept. 11, ahead of the anticipated severe weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma. Full story
8PM: The National Hurricane Center says Irma will move inland over northern Florida and southwest Georgia on Monday afternoon. Winds have decreased to around 105 mph. It is expected to remain a hurricane through at least Monday morning.
7:47PM -- Delta Air Lines tell 11Alive's Bill Liss there could be some flight cancellations on Monday afternoon, but that is tentative. Morning flights are not expected to be impacted by Irma. Check with your airline for more information on cancellations. Here's how
6:06PM -- Gov. Nathan Deal said Hurricane Irma is more widespread than other storms in the past, and said that virtually no part of the state would likely remain unaffected by the storm. Deal also said he spoke with President Donald Trump earlier Sunday morning, and said the president is offering every assistance.
5:40PM: A spokesperson for Music Midtown said crews will temporally suspend building the infrastructure for the upcoming music festival as the storm passes. Once it moves out of the area, it building will resume as scheduled.
5:15PM: 11Alive's Bill Liss spoke to representatives from Southwest Airlines, who said they would be operating 50 percent of their schedule for Monday. They have not made any decisions for Tuesday travel at this time. Passengers should go to Southwest Airlines's website to check on the status of their individual flight. Click here to check.
In a statement, Delta Airlines said they do not have an exact number on how many flights could be affected due to weather, however, they reiterated that Atlanta customers have been able to change flights "without penalty" since Friday, ant that continues. Customers are encouraged to check or change their itineraries if needed at Delta.com.
Many other airlines have also waived fees for areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. Click here to read that story.
5:00PM: The National Weather Center has downgraded Hurricane Irma to a category 2 storm with its latest advisory. Irma's maximum sustained winds are 110 mph and it continues to move at 14 mph up the western coast of Florida.
4:32 PM: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said downtown Atlanta has already experienced wind damage ahead of Hurricane Irma from panels blowing off buildings and closing several streets.
“Right now we expect Irma’s peak to hit Atlanta between mid day through the evening on Monday,” Reed said. “We’ve been advised that we can expect rain of up to 5 inches or more, and wind gusts of up to 63 miles per hour. Wind speeds like that can lift furniture off the ground and turn it into projectiles.”
Reed said the city’s Central Avenue shelter will open at 7 pm Sunday, and the city’s Joint Operations Center will also open at 7 and remain open until the crisis has passed.
Reed said his biggest concern are wind speeds, and the fact that outdoor equipment, furniture and the like can turn into projectiles.
The mayor asked everyone to stay safe, and encouraged Atlantans to sign up for the City of Atlanta's emergency alert system, NotifyATL. You can sign up for the service here.
3:35PM: 11Alive Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says Hurricane Irma has officially made landfall at Marco Island, Florida as a Category 3 storm.
3PM: The center of Hurricane Irma was approaching Naples; as of 3 pm, it was 20 miles south of Naples, moving north at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds were still at 120 mph.
2:40PM: DeKalb Public Schools says they are closed Monday and Tuesday. Most school districts are closed for at least Monday, while many are closing for both Monday and Tuesday. See the full list here.
2:10PM: The Atlanta Police Department confirms high winds near Woodruff Park knocked down pieces of a building at 34 Peachtree Street.
Building at 34 Peachtree St. downtown near Woodruff Park has falling debris due to high winds. Please avoid area. Parts of Peachtree closed.— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) September 10, 2017
2PM: The strongest winds of Irma are approaching Marco Island and the Naples area. Hurricane Irma is located 35 miles south of Naples, and is moving northward at 9 miles per hour. Irma has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, making it a strong category 3 storm.
1:35PM: Atlanta School Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen announces the closing of the Atlanta Public Schools ahead of Irma. Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Coweta and other metro area school systems follow suit.
1PM: Several more schools and universities, including Clark Atlanta, Georgia State and The Art Institute of Atlanta have announced closings for Monday. See the full list here.
12:45PM: Gov. Nathan Deal has expanded the state of emergency to include all of Georgia. Click here for more
12Noon: Hurricane Irma has left the Florida Keys and is headed for the southwest Florida coast. It was about 65 miles south-southeast of Naples, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. It's moving north at 9 mph.
11:40AM: The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services announced it has released September’s allotment of food stamp benefits to all Georgia residents. Recipients will not have to wait until their regularly-scheduled issuance date later this month. Get that story here.
11AM: Hurricane Irma has moved out over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and turned to the north at 9 mph. It is about 115 miles south-southeast of Fort Myers, and about 80 miles south-southeast of Naples, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
10AM: Officials with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Chatham County emergency management officials are holding a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss emergency advisories and planning regarding Hurricane Irma. 11Alive.com will stream live coverage.
9:10AM: The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key, Florida, about 20 miles east of Key West. Maximum sustained winds remained at 130 mph. Irma is still moving north-northeastward at 8 mph.
8AM: The center of Hurricane Irma is about 20 miles east-southeast of Key West, moving north-northwest at 8 mph. Irma remains a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and higher gusts. It is expected to move near or over the west coast of Florida on Sunday through Sunday night.
7:10AM: Irma's northern eye wall makes landfall in the Florida Keys with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
5AM: The tropical storm watch has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning for most of north and central Georgia, as well as much of eastern Alabama. This includes nearly all of metro Atlanta, until further notice. A tropical storm warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. The tropical storm watch has been extended northward to the Tennessee border.
2AM: Irma is back up to a category 4 hurricane as it continues to approach the Florida Keys. Here's the latest update.
SATURDAY, Sept. 8.
11:07 PM -- A tropical storm watch has been extended into metro Atlanta until further notice. Tropical storm force winds are possible.
9:07 PM -- The Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) has set up a 60,000-square-foot building as an emergency shelter for up to 1,000 animals at the state of Georgia’s request. The AHS shelter is located at 1425 Market Boulevard in Roswell, and will be open at 11 am on Sunday, Sept. 10. It is expecting hundreds of animals to be in the shelter by Sunday night.
7:20 PM -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency updated its list of full and available shelters, which can be found by clicking here.
7:19 PM -- The Clayton County school system and local government announced they will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11.
5:23 PM -- A tropical storm watch was issued for most of central and south Georgia, meaning that tropical storm wind conditions are possible somewhere within this area and within the next 48 hours.
3:18 PM -- A flash flood watch for 47 Georgia counties, including all of metro Atlanta, was issued by the National Weather Service. The watches go into effect Monday morning and are scheduled to last through Tuesday.
2 PM -- Irma is continuing to move westward along the north coast of Cuba as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The storm is 145 miles southeast of Key West, Florida. Once the storm moves into the Florida Straits, it is expected to strengthen rapidly.
11:00AM -- Irma has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm. She has sustained maximum winds of 125 mph and the storm is 175 miles southeast of Key West, Florida. Although she has weakened, Irma is expected to reform and gain strength as she moves out of Cuba and makes landfall in the states.
5:50AM -- Irma is now officially a Category 4 hurricane as the eye continues to move over the Camaguey Archipelago in Cuba.
FRIDAY, Sept. 8.
11:20PM -- President Trump receives a briefing on Hurricane Irma from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security where he was provided an overview of the hurricane's impact on the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and neighboring islands. He was also briefed on the storm's projected path bringing it in to Florida and the potential impacts and promised continued support to all those places affected.
Earlier, the President declared a federal state of emergency in Georgia.
11:15PM -- Hurricane Katia makes landfall as a Category 1 storm in Mexico. Click here to read that story.
11:05PM -- Hurricane Irma strengthened back to a Category 5 storm as it made landfall in Cuba. The track also has shifted again, changing the point of landfall for Florida. It's also expected to downgrade to a Category 4 storm as it approaches the southwest part of the state.
11PM -- Irma's eye is now moving over the north coast of Cuba, and is located about 315 miles southeast of Miami. Maximum sustained winds are 155 mph and it is moving west at 12 mph.
Storm surge warnings are in effect for the Florida peninsula from the Volusia/Brevard County line, southward to the Florida Keys and up to Tampa Bay, as the National Hurricane Center warns of the "life-threatening situation."
8PM -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered mandatory evacuation of Barrier Islands in Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
Meanwhile, the AP reports more than 5 million people in Florida have been told to flee the storm.
3:30PM -- Gov. Nathan Deal has expanded the state of emergency to 64 additional counties. See the full list here:
1:55PM -- The new update is in. Irma has sustained winds of 155mph and is about 380 miles from Miami, moving west at 14 mph. Click here for more.
1:41PM -- President Donald Trump declared that an emergency exists in Georgia and ordered federal assistance due to Hurricane Irma. Click here to read his declaration
1:25PM -- A current list of shelters and open campgrounds available in Georgia.
1:21PM -- Comcast announced it is opening nearly 10,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout impacted areas to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. Comcast has opened up all Wi-Fi hotspots in Savannah and surrounding communities, as well as in Augusta and Brunswick.
For a map of the Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, residents can visit www.Xfinity.com/wifi. Once in range of a hotspot, they may select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
11AM -- In a Friday morning news conference, Gov. Nathan Deal warned that Irma could be more devastating than last year's Hurricane Matthew. Deal said it was "very likely" that the state of emergency could be extended beyond the 30 counties it current includes.
Homer Bryson, director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, said the agency plans to have 50 emergency shelters and 7,000 beds open by Saturday morning to house Irma evacuees.
5AM - Irma is downgraded to a Category 4 storm. This is still a major storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Parts of the Florida keys are under hurricane warnings and watches.
12AM - The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that the reversible I-75 S express lanes will now be open to Northbound traffic as Irma evacuees head north. These express lanes are also free and do not require a SunPass or PeachPass. Toll rate signs should read "OPEN TO ALL"
THURSDAY, Sept. 7.
11PM -- The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for south Florida as a new track for Irma takes the center of the storm through the entire state, before it passes into Georgia as a significantly weakened storm.
11Alive meteorologist Chris Holcomb says Irma could be downgraded all the way to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Macon, Monday. However, the storm's track takes the center of the storm more west of Atlanta, meaning an increased chance for storms. Click for the latest on Irma.
9:20PM -- The executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority said beginning at midnight, Sept. 8, the I-75 express lanes will be open to all drivers, regardless of having a Peach Pass or SunPass.
Beginning at midnight, Sept. 8, the l-75 S Metro Express Lanes will be open to all drivers regardless of having a Peach Pass or SunPass.— Chris Tomlinson (@SRTACEO) September 8, 2017
8PM -- The National Weather Service says Irma is "pummeling the Turks and Caicos Islands" in its latest bulletin. A storm surge watch remains in effect for Jupiter Inlet and southward around the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys.
Here's the latest from 11Alive StormTracker and meteorologist Chris Holcomb.
5PM -- The newest track shows the storm shifting to the west. Here's how that could impact the metro Atlanta area.
4PM -- The Georgia Tourism division has launched a website to provide evacuees information on available lodging, traffic updates, closure information and weather conditions in Georgia. To access the site, go to irma.georgia.org/hurricane.
Travelers can also visit one of the state's 11 visitor information centers located off major interstates, or call 1-800-VISIT-GA (847-4842) for more help finding lodging options.
4PM -- The Georgia Department of Corrections cancelled inmate visitations until further notice because of the evacuations. Family and friends of offenders can call GDC’s Call Center line at 404-656-4661 with questions.
3:55PM -- The Atlanta Braves are extending an invitation to any Florida resident who has evacuated to Georgia to be their guests for the next four nights at SunTrust Park. Florida residents can come to the Braves ticket office on the day of the game, show their valid Florida I.D. and receive a complimentary ticket.
The Braves begin a four-game series with the Miami Marlins tonight at 7:35. Game times for the other games are as follows: tomorrow at 7:35, Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 1:35.
3:45PM -- GEMA has announced that these campgrounds will be open for evacuees
2PM -- The latest storm track update is in. Click here for the info
12:30PM -- Contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Click here for more.
12:20PM -- Gov. Nathan Deal has expanded the state of emergency to 24 more counties in Georgia.
Deal also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma. The executive order also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on state active duty to support Hurricane Irma response and recovery. The state of emergency prohibits price gouging for all goods and services related to the storm.
The 30 counties under a state of emergency are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware Counties.
12PM - In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Georgia Southern has canceled classes and activities from Sept. 8 through Sept. 12.
11AM -- A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the state of Florida. Irma remains a Category 5 storm with winds around 175 mph.
Photos of Hurricane Irma damage and destruction
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6
3PM -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for six coastal Georgia counties ahead of Irma: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh. In Florida, evacuations are beginning in and around south Florida, including the Keys and Miami Beach areas. Mandatory evacuations are likely to begin in those areas as soon as Thursday
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