In these three pics, we see a huge tree that fell away from the house earlier today. This homeowner on DeLowe Drive must have a guardian angel!
In anticipation of today’s severe weather, a state of emergency was called in Georgia for today and tomorrow. With that comes the closing of all schools (K-12), colleges and universities, state and local government offices, and most businesses. Many of which are without power today.
Power has been out in large sections of metro Atlanta, including my home, with few exceptions. The latest report is 1.4 million metro residents are without power until tomorrow. That includes traffic signals being out and those intersections being treated as a four-way stop.
Continuous heavy rain and high winds make driving conditions extremely dangerous.
While generators are busy keeping Home Depot on Research Drive, near Cascade Road and I-285, they are already out of most battery sizes. Others areas around Lithonia, Decatur, Greenbriar Mall, Ben Hill, Campbellton Road, and East Point are in the dark. That includes the local 24-hour Kroger at Greenbriar. 😦
Both the Citco and Valero gas stations at DeLowe Drive and Allison Court were open for business.
To the delight of locals who dared to venture out driving to find batteries, flashlights, candles and food after it was announced that power may not be restored until tomorrow because there are so many trees down on powers lines. And, some of our power company people may have been sent to the Florida and Georgia (Jekyll Island, Savannah) east coasts before it was known that Irma would turn to cause destruction along the West Florida Coast (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers) and the pan handle.
Then Irma, continued north and died down to a “tropical storm” as it travelled across Georgia today. It has lowered temperatures to the low 60’s, packed 40-60mph winds blowing torrential rain sideways, saturating tree roots, and loosening the ground around top-heavy trees that easily fell over. Unfortunately, two people have died from this so far. One person was in their car while the other was in their home when the trees came crashing down.
Hunker down in place, relax, and stay safe!