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Atlanta airport cancels 800 flights as weakened Irma hits Georgia

16 September 2017, 01:08 | Anna Nguyen

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Hurricane Irma a weak Cat 1 east of Cedar Key

PEOPLE began returning to their homes in Florida yesterday as the remains of Hurricane Irma brought torrential rain to Georgia and SC.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Swann Seiler said fewer outside resources were available to help in Georgia because of massive efforts to restore electricity in hurricane-battered Florida and Texas.

State governor Rick Scott said the islands of the Florida Keys were "devastated", adding: 'I just hope everybody survived. "We have not had one like this in the state of Georgia for a long time", Deal said in a news conference on Tuesday.

As the storm weakened into a tropical storm and finally left Florida on Monday after a run up the entire 400-mile length of the state, the full scale of its destruction was still unknown, in part because of cut-off communications and blocked roads.

Some businesses are suspending their operations and closing early on Monday.

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 (64 kph), according to a statement from Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley.

In Jacksonville, where bridges are closed and a flash flood emergency has been issued by the National Weather Service, law enforcement warned residents to heed evacuation orders and said rescue teams will be looking for people trapped in their homes.

Irma hit Florida after powering through the Caribbean as a rare Category 5 hurricane, the top rung of the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, two popular tourist destinations on the eastern side of the storm, saw flooding because onshore winds pushed water back into rivers, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

"It's never good when you show up and see this in front of your house", she quipped.

A fallen tree lays in a street after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday. "A T-shirt, anything white", the office said on its Facebook paqe.

Ahead of the worst of the storm, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency throughout the state and many school systems shut down for the day. Officials in the area expect it to be hit by 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

In Redington Shores west of Tampa, Carl Roberts spent a sleepless night riding out Irma in his 17th-floor beachfront condo. After losing power late Sunday, he made it through the worst of the storm shaken but unhurt.

As morning broke, he couldn't open the electric shutters to see outside. Trees and power lines were down across the area.

And more than 120 homes were being evacuated early Monday in just outside Orlando as floodwaters started to pour in.

Tybee Island City Manager Shawn Gillen said waters were receding quickly, but numerous 3,000 residents' homes were flooded.



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