Hurricane Irma now a tropical storm, residents should remain indoors

Published 8:36 am Monday, September 11, 2017

Decatur County is currently under a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Irma makes its way toward the Big Bend in Florida. Resident should expect tropical storm force winds throughout the day.

The National Weather Service expects the tropical storm winds to last until 8 p.m. The forecast shows wind reaching 40-50 mph with gusts of up to 65 mph. Resident should expect an additional 3-5 inches of rain throughout the day as well.

To be safe, efforts should fully focus on protecting life. Properties remain subject to significant wind impacts. Now is the time to hide from the wind. Failure to adequately shelter may result in injury. Remain sheltered until the hazardous wind subsides.

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An estimated hundred of people around Bainbridge and areas of Decatur County woke up this morning without power. Click here to see Georgia Power’s outage map for our region.

Millions of people in Florida are without power this morning. Hurricane Irma has downgraded to a tropical storm, but it doesn’t mean the weather is less dangerous. Drivers should stay inside and only drive in cases of emergencies.

Decatur County Schools and Grace Christian Academy are closed today and Tuesday.