Due to the extreme wind and rain that is expected to make its way across Georgia sometime tomorrow, the following counties have closed schools:
Cherokee County (AL)
Hurricane Irma, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in North America, has been under surveillance by many states along the Atlantic Coast for the last couple of weeks. After days of predictions and forecasts, the storm has finally hit and is currently making it’s way across Florida. It was on Friday afternoon when Governor Rick Scott stated that anyone who was able to leave Florida should do so before Irma began to wreak havoc on the state. Unfortunately, the Floridians who fled to Georgia will still have to deal with tropical storm conditions away from the comfort of their own homes.
Starting tomorrow morning, Irma’s fierce winds and rains will have been downgraded from their category 5 classification down to a category 1. While this is much less dangerous, it has still forced many school systems across the state to close. Governor Nathan Deal declared a “State of Emergency” for all 159 counties in Georgia. The west side of the state will be hit the hardest with authorities expecting trees and power lines to be downed due to Irma’s high powered winds. Emergency service professionals will be on call for the next couple of days so that they may help in responding to any accidents or issues that arise.
Authorities are recommending that everyone stay home over the next couple of days as much as possible. Driving conditions will be far from ideal and will be made worse if and when tress are brought down by the storm. We will have more details on school closings and accidents as we are made aware of them.