Gov. McMaster's latest Hurricane Irma updates

Gov. McMaster's latest Hurricane Irma updates

Gov. McMaster's latest Hurricane Irma updates

Irma, the swirling, monster category 4 storm expected to make landfall in South Florida before moving up Florida and deeper into the southeast.

The storm was 70 miles south of Ft. He cautioned that recovery could take longer because the storm affected the entire state.

As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 545,000 customers remain without power across Georgia.

Irma is expected to reach Georgia's borders Monday. He also said lanes along Interstate 26 and possibly I-77 would be reversed so residents would have less trouble evacuating in the coming days.

The ocean level reached almost 10 feet (3 meters) Monday, 4 feet (1.2 meters) above normal and the third highest reading in the past 80 years, only behind Hurricane Hugo and a 1940 hurricane.

Communities along Georgia's coast were swamped by storm surge and rainfall arriving at high tide on Monday afternoon.

She said residents across the Carolinas should begin making preparations, but she added that a visit from Irma is far from a sure thing. It is forecast to move to Tennessee on Tuesday before fizzling out later this week, forecasters said.

Northeast South Carolina has a 10 to 20 percent chance of tropical storm force winds. The man was cutting downed limbs with a chainsaw outside of his home when he was struck.

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At 11 am Sunday, Irma carried maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, with hurricane-force winds stretching 80 miles from its center and tropical force winds 220 miles from its center.

Already, numerous school systems across Georgia have closed for Monday, with many districts already having made that call for Tuesday as well. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as NY to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. But even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities.

Irma turned Jacksonville's Memorial Park into an unrecognizable lake. "If it would have fallen toward our direction, it would have been a. mess".

Right now, gas prices are the highest they've been in more than two years.

Another threat is tornadoes with Irma. Strudwick was critically injured in single-vehicle crash during the height of the storm's impact, Columbia city manager Teresa Wilson said in a statement.

"We were the little engine that did it", he told CNN's Ed Lavandera.

O'Neil climbed on the hood of her auto to get a better look and found humor in her devastation.

The Salvation Army is ready to provide meals to those who need them by staffing 18 mobile kitchens (canteens) in Georgia - five of them from Metro Atlanta.

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Gov. Nathan Deal is urging Georgians to have a healthy fear of Hurricane Irma.

That's because some islands are extremely hard to access.

"He said he is with us", McMaster said.

Large debris is blocking access, and a 150-foot stretch "has some buckling", Newman said. Crews worked to clear the single highway that connects the island chain with the mainland, inspecting dozens of bridges. That will allow evacuees to get to their destinations quicker.

So where should evacuating residents go?

Authorities say with the rain it could be several hours before the water recedes.

"I've seen the videos of what happened to those poor people on those islands", Putnam said.

Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

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