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Hurricane Irma: One killed in Georgia

HURRICANE IRMA

HURRICANE IRMA, now a Category 1 storm, has killed one person in Georgia, an emergency management official has confirmed to the AP.

The death was in rural Worth County, in south-west Georgia, in the path of the storm. It was confirmed as a storm related death by Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Catherine Howden.

Along the coast, where storm surges started flooding towns and cities, Savanna had been ordered to evacuate for the second time in less than a year. Atlanta, although more than 200 miles inland, is under a tropical storm warning.

Some people stayed behind in the coastal regions, including Holland Zellers, who also spoke with the AP. He said the water in the street was “knee-to-waist deep”.

Shawn Gillen, Tybee Island’s city manager, said waters appeared to be receding quickly but the flooding was extensive on the island of more than 3,000 residents.

“There’s a lot of homes that have water in the them right now,” Gillen said.

More than 800,000 homes and businesses in south Georgia have lost power, utility providers have said. More than 70% of Miami still lacks power, and 6.5 million homes and businesses have lost power all around Florida, roughly two-thirds of the state.

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