However, he said AEMC is preparing itself to respond to outages, including by bringing in more supplies and making sure all its trucks are fueled up. This makes it easier to know where down power lines may be possible following the storm. At present, hurricane force winds extend 70 miles from the center of Irma and tropical storm force winds extend out 185 miles. The National Forest Service and chainsaw crews have also been deployed. Many said it's a storm they have never experienced before. Although a direct hit on the Golden Isles looks less likely than it did earlier this week, Glynn County emergency officials stress that the combination of Irma and a nor'easter forecast to settle in Sunday will cause a risky storm surge, high winds and a large amount of rain.
According to The Weather Channel, Irma is set to approach the Carolinas on Monday, Sept. 11.
ATLANTA (AP) Irma weakened to a still-deadly tropical storm as it swirled beyond Florida Monday, killing at least three people in Georgia, flooding the coast, sending trees crashing onto homes and forcing the world's busiest airport in Atlanta to cancel hundreds of flights.
Chatham County has a population of almost 300,000 people while Savannah is the largest city in the county with a population of around 150,000.
North Carolina election officials are watching closely the path of Hurricane Irma in case primary elections in the state's largest city and elsewhere have to be delayed next week because of the storm.
Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, came ashore in Florida as a category four storm on Sunday and battered towns as it worked its way up the state. His wife had called 911 saying he'd had a heart attack. "He was on the roof at the height of the storm".
"There's just things I can't save", she said.
Muscogee County School District to reopen Wednesday
Pasco County Schools will tentatively reopen on Monday after reassessing the situation in the schools used as emergency shelters. The public school system made the announcement at 10:30 a.m., calling off class for the remainder of the week.
And a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. The dead in SC included a man struck by a tree limb while clearing storm debris and a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside his mobile home.
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.
Communities along Georgia's coast were swamped by storm surge and rainfall arriving at high tide on Monday afternoon. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppMonica Gragg from Durham was forced to evacuate her high rise condo near Miami Beach, as construction cranes near her home became damaged.
"In the street right now, the water is knee-to-waist deep", Zeller said. City manager Shawn Gillen said the waters seemed to be receding quickly, but most of the island appeared to have some level of flooding and water was in many homes.
"It's absolutely gorgeous. I got out around 10 a.m.", Kathy O'Neal said.
North Carolina had some mountain roads blocked by trees and tens of thousands of people without power.
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