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Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Post Date:09/08/2017 9:56 AM

A satellite photo of a hurricaneSept. 8, 2017 – Peachtree Corners residents, along with those in the entire metro Atlanta area, are being asked to prepare for Hurricane Irma which is expected to bring high winds and rain to the area by early next week.

The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service now shows Hurricane Irma continuing its WNW direction. The storm is currently moving at 16 mph and forecasters project it to reach middle Georgia by early Monday evening.

Although the impacts to Peachtree Corners is not certain this far out, the local effects could include tropical storm winds, heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes.

Gwinnett County Emergency Management ask residents to prepare for:

  • Possible flooding from heavy rain
  • Sustained winds in excess of 30 mph and wind gusts of 45+
  • Downed trees, wide-spread power outages, minor structural damage and road debris

The state of Georgia’s Ready GA website offers the following recommendations:

  • Assemble the recommended items for a “Ready Kit.”
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Make an evacuation plan for your family
  • Prepare to secure your property
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank in case you have to evacuate
  • Plan ahead for your pets
  • Know your area’s flood risk – if unsure call Gwinnett County office of Emergency Management at 770-513-5610 or email ema@gwinnettcounty.com or visit www.floodsmart.gov. Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage.

For complete information including managing during a hurricane, when to evacuate and more, please visit www.ready.ga.gov/be-informed/hurricanes/.

And remember, in case of an emergency, call 911 for help.

 

 

 

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