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Written by Matt Davis on September 11, 2017. Posted in News/Weather

Locals are ready to batten down the hatches as Hurricane Irma is expected to have an impact on our area.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch for North Georgia.  High winds, heavy rain and flash flooding have all been forecasted for today through Tuesday; spin-off tornadoes are also possible.  Remnants of the storm could stick around through the end of the week.

Numerous schools and businesses in Rome and Floyd County have opted to cancel or postpone activities that had been scheduled for today and Tuesday.  Rome City and Floyd County Schools will be closed, as well as both systems’ central offices.  All after-school activities have been cancelled for these two days.  Also, the Rome City Board of Education’s meeting that was scheduled for this Tuesday evening will be moved to next Tuesday, September 19th.  The school systems issued a joint statement on the matter on Sunday in response to Governor Nathan Deal’s announcement that he has expanded his state of emergency declaration to all 159 counties in Georgia.  State offices will be closed through Tuesday to all employees aside from emergency personnel; this means that all campuses of state schools Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College will be closed, as will Northwest Georgia Public Health facilities.  Darlington School will be closed today and Tuesday, and the school’s College Fair that was scheduled to take place today has been cancelled.  St. Mary’s Catholic School and Unity Christian School are also closed today and Tuesday.

All Floyd County and City of Rome administrative, judicial and non-essential offices will be closed today; a decision on Tuesday’s work schedule will be made today.  The Rome City Commission meeting that was slated for this evening has been cancelled.

Georgia Power anticipates – and is prepared to respond to – numerous power outages that could result from the storm.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia has established shelters in Bartow and Whitfield counties to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma.


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