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Irma advances north to Georgia after battering Florida

Irma advances north to Georgia after battering Florida

The work still wasn't done Monday when Tropical Storm Irma slogged across Georgia, triggering a storm surge that inundated much of the Atlantic beach community of 3,000 residents with floodwaters.

Heavy winds with gusts of more than 50 miles began hitting the Atlanta metro area by early afternoon, downing trees and power lines.

Irma wreaked havoc in the Florida Keys and along the entire length of the Florida peninsula. It swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped kilometres of power lines and toppled construction cranes.

Irma is expected to drop 2 to 5 inches of rain across SC and northern portions of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

State governor Rick Scott said the islands of the Florida Keys were "devastated", adding: 'I just hope everybody survived. Southbound US Route 1 - the only road connecting the Keys - is closed, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said.

In one Jacksonville yard, Irma snapped a tree near its roots, sending it crashing onto the auto of an evacuee from South Florida.

At least nine deaths in the US are now attributed to Irma, some hit by falling trees or tree limbs and one killed in a storm-related auto accident.

At least three people died in Florida due to the storm.

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With heavy rains, strong wind, and possible flooding ahead, the governor made a decision to add the remaining 65 counties to the state of emergency.

The South Carolina Ports Authority said it would close all Charleston operations Monday at 2 p.m. They need warm water, he said. Nearly every mobile home park in the Keys had overturned homes, according to the governor.

After wreaking havoc across the Caribbean and Florida, Hurricane Irma has pushed its way into southern SC and coastal Georgia.

With sustained winds of 65 mph and centered about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Irma is carrying its fierce winds and battering rain over southern Georgia.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Sunday that strong winds tore tile and debris off the facade of a 32-story building on a downtown Atlanta street, forcing some road closures.

(Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria) A truck is seen turned over as Hurricane Irma passes south Florida, in Miami, U.S. September 10, 2017. Evacuees Of The Keys shared school closure notices, videos of destruction, and many posts from friends and relatives searching for loved ones. She says the family had "decided all of a sudden" they needed to leave.

"In all other counties, each state and local agency head is authorized to make closure determinations based on local weather conditions", she said in a memorandum. It expects to reopen Tuesday. Sea World also said all of its animals are safe.


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