Tuesday will bring a return to some normalcy from the region's third-straight severe fall weather event after the historic flood of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. "We were in shock when we went outside", Garcia, 34, told CNN Monday. "Everything's fine and the next minute you're scratching your head saying, 'What the hell happened?'" That storm caused three deaths in Georgia and an estimated $500 million in damage.
"We have very serious, significant river flooding along the banks of the St. Johns River". In Charleston, South Carolina, the ocean topped the Battery wall that typically protects downtown.
Most of the outages Monday afternoon were reported by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas. The extent of property damage in the Southeast still wasn't known Tuesday.
Irma devastated much of Marco Island, off the southwest coast of Florida, leaving it with no electricity or clean water.
The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 miles per hour (65 kph), Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said. He also said he doesn't believe he will need to close schools statewide next week.
McMaster urged drivers to follow evacuation signs posted along the highways, "no matter what they say on Google maps". She says the family had "decided all of a sudden" they needed to leave.
State Attorney General Alan Wilson said even though there have been more than 200 price gouging complaints, that is far less than past storms.
It's important to note that similar to Harvey, there would not be a gasoline shortage in the USA, but instead there could be an issue of getting gasoline supplies to impacted regions, especially if Irma causes power outages and makes streets and roadways impassable.
Storm conditions are also being monitored at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. That boosted the total number of trips Irma interrupted to about 1,300, Atlanta airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said.
Gov. Nathan Deal ordered all six Georgia coastal counties to start evacuating at 8 a.m. Saturday. Six line workers are deploying to the state this morning, part of an estimated 60 IN electric cooperative workers responding to the storm.
"Those are the ones we have settled or on their way", said Hoyt, who lives in the city's eastern suburb of Decatur.
On Thursday, concern for the Southeast coast began to turn to the potential for what one forecasters called record storm surge from a storm about as large as SC. He said about 20 percent of power had been restored as of Tuesday morning.
"We still can't let our guard down yet if the storm turns to the north quicker than expected", said Reid Hawkins, science and operations officer for the NWS. Emergency managers there declared "the Keys are not open for business" and warned that there was no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service and that supplies were low and anxiety high.
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