Irma's next potential victim? Georgia braces for monster storm


But even as a tropical storm, Irma packed a powerful punch.

The latest projected track of Hurricane Irma at 8 p.m. has the powerful storm continuing shift to the west, with the center of the storm moving from Florida into Georgia, not SC.

Hurricane conditions are possible Monday. Irma ushered in Atlanta's first-ever tropical storm warning.

There were growing fears that the hurricane could hit the states of Georgia and North and SC, pending a shift in its trajectory, though Florida remained most likely to receive the brunt of the storm.

12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -As Hurricane Irma clears Georgia, Georgia Power will begin its first day of full-scale damage assessment Tuesday.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has extended the State of Emergency for 64 additional counties, bringing the total to 94 counties. But they fear Irma could prove more risky. But for the decision to stay or go in most areas of the state will be a personal one for residents to make.

Many streets were flooded in downtown Miami and other cities. Earlier Sunday morning, Irma had 130 miles per hour winds. Out on Tybee, some holdouts who chose to ride out the storm ended up having to find alternative accommodations quickly when their homes were engulfed. And Monday's tide is expected to be even higher. The smell of diesel fuel filled the whipping air.

As Hurricane Irma rips through the Bahamas and heads towards Florida, residents in southeastern states are starting to get anxious.

The storm has also been blamed for one death in Florida. "They saw impacts from this storm overnight". It was lying across her driveway _ or, to be more specific, across her fiance's vehicle.

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Staying the course means a shutdown of the St. Simons Island water system is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Coupled with the surge, Charleston could see water rise to 6 feet above ground level, local National Weather Service meteorologist Neil Dixon said on Facebook.

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Governor Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties in North Carolina as the state prepares for nearly certain impacts from Hurricane Irma early next week.

On Monday night, the consensus seemed to be that things could have been far worse.

The threat of heavy rain and strong winds will diminish throughout the day.

Irma is expected to then weaken to a tropical storm over southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama by Monday evening, before becoming a tropical depression near the Tennessee/Alabama border Tuesday night.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane just after 9 a.m. Sunday, bringing 130 mph winds and inches of rain within hours.

"There is a lot we still don't know about this storm, but we do know that North Carolina can expect to feel some sort of effects as soon as early next week, and now is the time to get prepared", Gov. Cooper said.

Tuesday, the biggest problem in metro Atlanta is expected to be lingering power outages and tree damage.