Hurricane Irma roared into South Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, first hitting the Florida Keys. The hurricane is now traveling westward, up Florida’s west coast on its way to parts of Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. But when will the storm strike down on the Peace State?
Irma is set to strike Atlanta, Georgia’s capital city, by Monday morning, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
The eye of Irma should move over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight. Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern Georgia Monday afternoon.
The storm is going strong. Sustained winds are blowing at 130 mph Maximum sustained winds and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. Heavy rain is expected. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has responded to Irma by declaring a state of emergency in 94 counties. Currently, Fulton County is not included on that list.
Here is a list of Georgia counties who are currently under a state of emergency: A state of emergency now exists in the following 94 counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth Counties.
How Much Rain Will Hit Georgia?
Rainfall will vary across areas of Georgia. Some were receive 8 to 12 inches of rain, while some sections of the southeast portion of the state is predicted to receive roughly 16 inches of rain.
Eastern Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia…8 to 12 inches, isolated 16 inches.
The rest of Georgia, the eastern Florida Panhandle, southern and Western South Carolina, and western North Carolina…3 to 8 inches, isolated 12 inches.
Eastern Alabama and southern Tennessee…2 to 5 inches.
In all areas this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods and, in some areas, mudslides.
Delta Airlines Has A Message To Their Customers Regarding Hurricane Irma
Delta Airlines has their hub located in Atlanta, Georgia. Therefore, they are asking customers to reroute their flight in response to the storm. The airline said on its website. “With strong winds and extended rain expected in Atlanta Monday, Delta is recommending customers who are transiting its Atlanta hub on Monday to modify their itineraries around Atlanta on delta.com.”