Irma prompts 1st ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 7:00pm
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ATLANTA — When Samantha Ramirez began stocking up for Hurricane Irma’s approach toward Georgia, she ran into problems finding bottled water.

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“Getting Her Done” today takes tech

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:29pm
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Just like Jimmy Buffet and his shoplifting partner in one of his early songs, my wife and I had our two-person operation all down on a note.

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Rants and raves

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:24pm
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WAY WE WERE: Telephones come to town

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:23pm
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These days everybody has a phone. Usually within quick reach.

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Air National Guard couple ditch white wedding for fatigues as Irma nears

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 6:22pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, with no makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to save her fellow Floridians.

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FEMA sees trailers only as last resort after Harvey, Irma

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:44pm
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HOUSTON — In a 2017 hurricane season that has already seen two monster storms, Harvey and Irma, manufactured homes are turning out to be just a small fraction of the federal government’s plan to deal with displaced people, with only 1,700 trailers available.

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Irma brings fears of surge, sewers and toxins to Tampa area

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:41pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Irma marches up Florida’s Gulf Coast toward Tampa Bay, residents fear what the storm will do to an area that hasn’t taken a direct hit from a major hurricane since 1921.

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2 huge cranes atop Miami high-rises collapse in Irma’s winds

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:29pm
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MIAMI — Two cranes atop high-rise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma.

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Irma recovery could require 11M meals, 24,000 tarps and more

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:22pm
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With the arrival of what is potentially one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Florida, officials have set aside 3.2 million liters (0.85 million gallons) of water, filled 67 trailers with meals, and amassed 24,000 tarps. They also have asked the federal government to kick in 11 million meals and millions more liters (gallons) of water, plus nearly 700 cases of baby supplies.

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Waves from Irma flood Havana coast even as storm moves away

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:22pm
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HAVANA — Powerful waves and storm surge from Hurricane Irma topped Havana’s iconic Malecon seawall and left thousands of homes, businesses and hotels swamped Sunday, even as the storm moved away from the island.

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Richmond, Columbia offices to close Monday; N. Augusta to stay open

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:18pm
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Richmond County will suspend normal operations Monday, except for “essential functions” dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Irma, Fire Chief Chris James said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. Garbage pickup will be delayed by a day.

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Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; ‘This one scares me’

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 4:13pm
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MIAMI— A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 130 mph winds Sunday for what could be a sustained assault on nearly the entire Sunshine State, submerging streets, knocking out power to millions and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.

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