Lowndes under state of emergency

Hurricane Irma on westerly path, North Carolina cautions residents of flooding, mudslides and rip-tides

Hurricane Irma on westerly path, North Carolina cautions residents of flooding, mudslides and rip-tides

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for every county in the state ahead of the storm.

State and local officials are urging the public to remain vigilant in preparing for Hurricane Irma even though the storm's continued westward track is decreasing chances the state will take a direct hit.

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm, but is still proving deadly as it swirls beyond Florida flooding the coast and sending trees crashing onto homes. Still a risky storm, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for several counties in North and Central Georgia including Douglas, Newton, De Kalb, Fulton, Walton, Rockdale, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, Fayette, Clayton, and Henry County until 12:25 am Mon Sep 11.

"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.

Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal lifted an evacuation order Tuesday for almost 540,000 coastal residents.

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning in Dodge County.

Before the storm arrived, Florida provided police escorts for fuel trucks in an effort to quickly restock pumps.

Charles Saxon, 57, became South Carolina's first recorded death when he was struck by a tree limb while clearing debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls amid wind gusts of about 40 miles per hour, according to a statement from Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley. On Tybee Island east of Savannah, Holland Zellers was grabbing a kayak to reach his mother in a home near the beach. Eastbound access will be blocked as far north as Dublin, near Macon.

"Everybody's full", Jim Sprouse, executive director of the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association, said Friday, referring to hotel rooms across the state.

School was canceled in communities around the state, and more than 1.2 million customers there were without power this morning. Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area. But more inland communities could see heavy winds and rain along with an elevated risk of tornadoes.

Travel could possibly result in citizens being stranded on the roadway or battling high cross winds and rain.

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