Trump declares state of emergency in Georgia

Gov. Cooper: All regions of NC can expect to feel effect from Irma

Gov. Cooper: All regions of NC can expect to feel effect from Irma

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has extended the State of Emergency for 64 additional counties, bringing the total to 94 counties. About half the city's land area is covered by trees — more than most urban areas.

In anupdate at noon Friday, Cooper again urged caution.

"It's awful, what we saw", Scott said.

Three Georgia deaths were blamed on the storm _ a 55-year-old Sandy Springs man who was crushed by a tree that fell on his home as he slept, a South Georgia man who was swept off his roof by high winds, and a woman killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in a Forsyth County driveway.

"This state of emergency also ensures aid for the six counties potentially impacted by this catastrophic storm", the release reads. Twenty-three people have been confirmed dead as a result of the storm, according to The Guardian, and a potentially historic mass evacuation is happening in Florida right now. Even if we get fortunate with Irma, folks should definitely be preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

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Another man, in his 50s, was killed just outside Atlanta when a tree fell on his house, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Other forecasts show Irma dumping between 3 and 6 inches of rain in north Georgia on Monday and Tuesday.

Cooper said unsafe surf and rip currents will continue on the coast and rain could bring flash flooding to some areas.

"Based on the forecast we are looking at pre-staging some paramedic units, rescue-squad units, including water rescue units in certain areas we have identified as the most vulnerable", he said.

A state of emergency allows the commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard and pre-position people and equipment to assist in storm response and recovery efforts.

McMaster said the state is prepared to open 200 shelters if needed. He said residents should keep up with the latest developments through local news and the county's social media sites. "We're asking people to take precautions".

Any eastward shift in the track would bring stronger winds to the area than now forecast, especially if Irma were to move back over the Atlantic at some point, Sumner said. Hurricane Irma is expected to remain a category 5 or 4 hurricane for the next two days.

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Fisher said wind gusts could reach 45 miles per hour across central North Carolina beginning Monday afternoon and lasting through Tuesday morning, causing some isolated power outages and some trees to fall - but widespread wind damage now is not expected across the region.

The official forecast track Friday afternoon showed Irma churning up the Florida peninsula over the weekend before crossing the Georgia-Florida line Monday far inland from the coast.

Meteorologist Katie Walls said that the time for Georgia to be most weather-aware is from Monday morning until Tuesday morning. The storm is expected to weaken considerably as it passes over land, with winds down to 35 miles per hour as it reaches WNC.

Philip Levine, the mayor of Miami Beach, said all residents should leave the area. Alabama Power reported 45,000 outages. They were mostly breathing sighs of relief Monday night.

The company said it was monitoring the changing weather "around the clock" and has begun mobilizing crews to respond to the storm's impact. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as NY to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. At this point, there is no plan to suspend classes unless there is an imminent threat to the safety of students, staff, and faculty on campus.All updates will be posted to the WCU Weather-Related Announcements website at: "http://news-prod.wcu.edu/weather-announcements/".

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Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said US and allied efforts should be "super-charged". The council banned North Korean textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil.

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