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    Irma Impacts West Georgia

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    Local Update – Jonathan Dockery – 9/11/2017, 9:30PM

    CarrollEMC has just over 1,000 outages remaining

    Georgia Power should have all restored by 12AM

    Conditions are getting much better around the area.

    Irma is a tropical depression

     

    Please avoid travel till morning.

    Have a great night!

    Local Update – Kevin Hemphill / Jonathan Dockery – 9/11/2017, 8:23 p.m.

    Reports:

    Flooding along the Carrollton Greenbelt off Lovvorn Road.

    Whitesburg Police Chief Eddie Thompson tells us, 2 trees down (Moore Street) in the city and lots of power outages reported.

    Carrollton PD is working a tree down on Terry Terrace. It hit a power line and that street is without power. This is near Old Bremen Road.

    Carrollton FD Had about 6 big trees fall. Everything has been cleared so far. We are expecting things to get worse from about 5-8 pm – Carrollton Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden

    Carroll County 911 Center reports 150 downed trees throughout county today. 19 downed trees still yet to be cleared from roads. Dozens of downed power lines.”

    Carroll County EMA says Expect the worst of the storm to occur between 5 pm and midnight. Stay indoors!

    Power:

    • Carroll EMC – Approximately 2000 customers without power
    • Georgia Power – Approximately 130 customers without power in Carroll, Haralson, and Heard Counties

    Roads:

    • Accident with injuries, Central High Rd in front of Carrollton Fire Station #23.
    • Tree down, possibly on power lines, Rockmart Rd (Hwy 101) and N. Van Wert Rd near Villa Rica.

    Other:

    • The Chick-fil-A First 100 Event scheduled for tonight at the new Carrollton East store on Bankhead Highway has been cancelled. The store is still scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 13.
    • ATL Airport is on a Ground Stop
    • Uber operations suspended
    • Publix Closing at 7

    Monday Partner Closures:

    • American Pie Pizzeria is closed
    • Irish Bred Pub is closed
    • West GA Transmission is closed
    • Sweet Peas is closed
    • Lake Carroll Auto Sales is Closed
    • CFA dining room closed at 4pm, Drive Thru open
    • Indulge closed at 4pm
    • Alfa Insurance closed at 12pm
    • Big Daddy Car Wash Closed

     

    Irma Update – Kevin Hemphill – 8:00 p.m., 9/11/2017 Advisory

    As of the 8:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Irma is located 55 miles southeast of Columbus and 120 miles south of Atlanta, has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, and is moving NNW at 16 mph. Tropical storm force winds continue to extend upwards of 415 miles from the center. The next advisory will be at 11:00 p.m. For more details, visit the National Hurricane Center website. For information on local impacts, visit the National Weather Service Peachtree City website.

     

    Irma Update – Kevin Hemphill – 5:00 p.m., 9/11/2017 Advisory

    As of the 5:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Irma is located 10 miles east of Albany and 150 miles south of Atlanta, has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving NNW at 17 mph. Tropical storm force winds continue to extend upwards of 415 miles from the center. The next advisory will be at 8:00 p.m. For more details, visit the National Hurricane Center website. For information on local impacts, visit the National Weather Service Peachtree City website.

     

    Local Update – Kevin Hemphill – 9/11/2017, 2:13 p.m.

    Power:

    • Carroll EMC – Approximately 745 customers without power, with around 425 of those in and around Whitesburg and 234 in southwestern Heard County
    • Georgia Power – A small outage is being reported in Bowdon.

    Roads:

    • Tree down on power lines: Plowshare Road near Virginia Trail.
    • Tree down on West Club Drive.

     

    Irma Update – Kevin Hemphill – 2:00 p.m., 9/11/2017 Advisory

    As of the 2:00 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Irma is located 50 miles SSE of Albany, Georgia, has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, and is moving NNW at 17 mph. Tropical storm force winds continue to extend upwards of 415 miles from the center. The next advisory will be at 5:00 p.m. For more details, visit the National Hurricane Center website. For information on local impacts, visit the National Weather Service Peachtree City website.

     

    Update – Kevin Hemphill – 9/11/2017, 12:16 p.m.

    Power:

    • Carroll EMC – Approximately 364 customers without power, primarily in the Texas and Glenn communities of southwestern Heard County and along Wayside Road in eastern Carroll County. No outages reported in Haralson County at this time.
    • Georgia Power – No outages in our coverage area at this time. Currently, most outages are contained to the metro Atlanta area.

    Roads:

    • Only one report so far of a tree down on West Avenue in Bowdon.

    Other:

    • UWG Athletics has cancelled all athletic activities that were scheduled for the next two days. Additionally, the Coaches Luncheon scheduled for tomorrow (9/12/17) has been cancelled as well.

     

    Irma Update – Kevin Hemphill – 11:00 a.m., 9/11/2017 Advisory

    As of the 11:00 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the center of Irma is located 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Florida, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and is moving NNW at 17 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend upwards of 415 miles from the center. The next advisory will be at 2:00 p.m. For more details, visit the National Hurricane Center website. For information on local impacts, visit the National Weather Service Peachtree City website.

     

    Power Update – Kevin Hemphill – 9/11/2017, 10:45 a.m.

    Carroll EMC – Approximately 297 customers without power in the Texas and Glenn communities of southwestern Heard County. No outages reported in Carroll or Haralson County at this time.

    Georgia Power – No outages in our coverage area at this time. Currently, most outages are contained to the metro Atlanta area.

     

    County Government Update – Kevin Hemphill – 9/11/2017, 10:40 a.m.

    Due to the potential of severe weather, all courts and administrative offices of the county are closed until Wednesday, September 13, 2017. If you have jury duty you are released from duty and will not have to report. All trial calendar cases for Superior Court Judges Blackmon and Hamrick should report, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9AM. All other cases will be notified when to return.

    Additionally, all county convenience centers will be closing today at noon.

     

    Irma Update – Kevin Hemphill – 8:00 a.m., 9/11/2017 Advisory

    As of the 8:00 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds at 70 mph, but with hurricane-force gusts still possible, and is moving NNW at 18 mph. The next advisory will be at 11:00 a.m. For more details, visit the National Hurricane Center website. For information on local impacts, visit the National Weather Service Peachtree City website.

     

    Local Updates – 9/11/17

    Marty Smith, Chairman, Board of Carroll County Commissioners declares a local state of emergency for Carroll County starting at 12AM 9/11/2017.

    Carroll County Sheriffs Office EMA director, Tim Padgett reports that the worst of Irma would hit between 3pm and midnight.

    Midway Church will open its doors as a shelter Monday, September 11 at 12:00pm. The shelter will be located in the Gym/Building D behind the main church on the hill.

     

    City Of Carrollton Press Release – 9/10/17 – 6:00PM

    Due to Hurricane Irma, Carrollton City Hall will close at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 11, 2017. Conditions permitting, City Hall will re-open Tuesday, September 12th, at noon. The Mayor and Council Meeting, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11th has been cancelled.

    Emergency calls should be placed to 911. This is the proper contact for blocked roads, downed trees, medical emergency, or any other storm related situation. Power outages should be reported to the appropriate power company via the internet or mobile app. Phone numbers and internet links are provided at the end of this communication.

    Read More from the City of Carrollton by clicking this link.

     

    Hurricane Irma Update – Donny Karr – 9/10/17 – 5:00 PM

    A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Carrollton area, and will remain in effect until further notice. Forecast models for the hurricane show its path moving slightly eastward from earlier projections.

    The threat of tornadoes has decreased slightly. Tornadoes are still possible, but will not be as widespread as originally expected.

    The storm is expected begin at 8:00 AM on Monday morning with conditions worsening late Monday afternoon. High winds and the threat of tornadoes will remain throughout the night until Tuesday morning.

    Meteorologists are expecting sustained winds ranging from 30-40 miles per hour. Winds will likely increase in speed to 50 miles per hour late Monday afternoon, and wind gusts could be as high as 60 miles per hour overnight Monday.

    Residents are also warned that there is the possibility for flash flooding as 3-5 inches of rainfall is expected.

    Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 4 Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and is moving at a speed of 9 miles per hour.

     

    Several Area School Systems Have Closed – 9/10/17 – 3:30PM

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    Tropical Storm Warning Issued for our area of West GA as of 9/10/17 – 6:30AM

    Hurricane Irma Update – The City Menus Reporting

    We are very concerned about the potential for significant impacts from Irma. Damaging winds, heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes are possible. The highest winds are likely Monday through Tuesday. Everyone should have completed their Weather Emergency Kit by now.

    Below are some key points:

    • Damaging wind gusts possible (70+ mph) with sustained winds of 30-40 mph. Expect numerous downed trees & widespread power outages. Structural damage is possible. Please secure outdoor items, such as furniture & lawn equipment. Power outages could last for more than 24 hrs.

    • Expect Dangerous Driving conditions Monday, especially during the evening & overnight. Driving could become nearly impossible due to heavy rain, high winds, falling trees, and flying debris. Travel disruptions could be long lasting in some areas depending on the aftermath of the winds. Follow @CarrolltonRoads on Twitter for constant updates on road conditions.

    • Isolated tornadoes could rapidly develop without much notice. Stay Alert for Severe Weather updates. Remember to go to the most interior room, away from windows. Take pillows & helmets to protect your head and always wear shoes when seeking shelter.

    • Heavy rain with totals ranging between 2-4″ are likely with higher amounts possible.

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    Carroll County Sheriffs Office EMA – Tim Padgett – 9/9/17 – 2PM

    The National Weather Service (NWS) held a Special Weather Briefing today in reference to Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 3 Storm, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph and a minimum pressure of 941 mb, moving W at 9 mph. Please note that the National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm to increase in strength again after it leaves Cuba and travels toward Florida.

    The current forecast has again shifted to the west and the models are becoming in agreement as we progress through each day and these models are now showing a more west track with the eye of the storm moving north up the Alabama Georgia line. This new forecast track would place all of our area on the “East” or “Dirty” side of the storm. This has also now placed our area in the Highest Risk zone for High Winds, Flooding and Rain Wrapped Tornadoes. Our area is forecast to be in the area where 2-3 inches of rain is possible with locally higher amounts within tropical downpours.

    The earliest time of arrival for our area is 0800 hours Monday morning with the most likely time of arrival in our area late Monday afternoon into Monday night extending overnight Monday into Tuesday.

    Wind gusts are predicted to be in the 30-40 mph range Monday during the day and increasing to 50 – 60 mph range later Monday and overnight Monday night. The storm should start to move out of our area Tuesday morning and the winds in our area will decrease back to the 30-40 mph range Tuesday.

    This is a very dangerous storm situation for our area. The NWS used the following language in their email update earlier today and the track has now shifted further west causing our area to be included in the impacts listed below:

    Winds of this magnitude will cause impacts comparable to those of Hurricane Opal in 1995 when wind gusts of 50 to 75 mph occurred in the Atlanta metro area.

    Thousands of trees and power lines will be downed.

    Power outages may last over 24 hours.

    Travel disruptions and delays due to downed trees may be substantial.

     

    Previous Update from 9/8/17 – 4PM

    Carroll County officials met Friday to discuss disaster preparedness, and brace for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. According to the National Weather Service, the latest tracking models show Irma’s path will likely head directly toward Carrollton.

    The storm is expected to begin effecting the west Georgia area Monday morning, and will bring wind gusts as high as 40-50 miles per hour in and around Carrollton.

    “We are urging people to be weather aware and prepare for downed trees, power outages, and potential flooding in some areas,” said Carroll County Emergency Management Association Director Tim Padgett.

    The storm recently showed that it will likely steer westward toward Atlanta, prompting state and local officials to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

    “In the worst-case scenario, we could see something similar to Hurricane Opal, which came through here in 1995, and caused significant damages to our area,” said Padgett.

    Irma’s wind gusts are not expected to reach Opal’s, which were recorded as being more than 70 miles per hour in the Atlanta area. The storm is still expected to bring trouble to Carroll County.

    Padgett said local residents need to begin making plans for emergency situations should downed trees and power outages cause major problems in the area.

    “If the storm goes more to the west, we may be on that eastern side that usually sees tornados on the outer bands,” said Padgett. “If it stays on it’s current expected path, we will see some pretty high wind gusts”

    National Weather Service meteorologists say wind gusts will be more severe in higher elevation areas. Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches are expected for our area.

    Carroll County Board of Commission Chairman Marty Smith said many local hotels are already full of evacuees from Florida and South Georgia. The County, and other local agencies are preparing to open emergency shelters as more evacuees are expected to arrive before the storm hits.

    No local schools have announced closures as of Friday afternoon, but officials noted that could change in the next 36 hours as Irma approaches.

    The Carrollton Menu has received reports of some fuel shortages at local gas stations.

    Tanner Medical Center will hold a briefing later today to discuss its own preparedness in anticipation of Irma.

    “We had more than 90 people from many different local agencies and organizations gather at our weather briefing today, and we discussed everyone’s level of preparedness to make sure we are all on the same page, and that we all work together as best we can,” said Padgett. “Again, we urge people to be weather aware, and make sure they have plenty of water, food and other emergency supplies.”

    Stay tuned to The Carrollton Menu for further updates involving Hurricane Irma.

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    Donny is a writer from Carrollton, Georgia. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers across the West Georgia area, as well as many websites. Donny has a degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia. He is also an outdoor writer who enjoys writing about outdoor adventures and travel.