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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Columbia County opens shelter, places one on standby

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 2:48pm
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As Hurricane Irma continued to make a westerly turn Sunday, Columbia County emergency management officials said they were prepared, just in case, coordinating with Red Cross to provide emergency shelters.

Read more Staff Writer Photos Abbigail Lennon

Aiken County churches open for Irma evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 2:36pm
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The following churches in Aiken County will be open at 5 p.m. Sunday to those in need of shelter, according to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Deal expands Irma emegency declaration to all Georgia counties

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 2:24pm
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Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the emergency declaration to include an additional 65 counties.

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Hurricane Irma latest: No beach wedding, no problem for rescuer couple

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:38am
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):

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Hurricane Irma roars into Florida Keys, entire peninsula in peril

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 5:59am
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Update: Hurricane Irma has made landfall on Marco Island, Florida, as a Category 3 hurricane.

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Shelters open to evacuees, volunteers rise to occasion

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:25am
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Shelter coordinators and evacuees learned hard lessons from Hurricane Matthew and have had a year to prepare for Hurricane Irma. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Amanda King

EPA works to secure toxic sites in Hurricane Irma’s path

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 9:02pm
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MIAMI — Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. Read more

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Committee for Augusta NAACP chapter to investigate Confederate monument’s history

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 8:57pm
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A local NAACP committee will reach out to historians to do research on Augusta’s downtown Confederate monument in its next step toward removing the memorial. Read more

Staff Writer Photos Nefeteria Brewster

City Ink: As Hurricane Irma nears, city prepares

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 8:50pm
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It’s hard to write with Irma on your mind. Read more

Columnist Sylvia Cooper