Hurricane Irma continued its progress northward on Monday, moving from Florida towards Georgia and bringing further disruption to transport activities as Georgia state officials declared a state of emergency.
The Hurricane made landfall in Florida over the weekend having wrought destruction in Cuba and has led to closures of ports and transport facilities throughout the region. Officials also issued a tropical storm warning in Atlanta for the first time in the city’s history.
Authorities at the ports of Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Port Everglades all issued orders shutting down activities, with Jaxport set to remain closed through Tuesday.
“All non-mission essential personnel should return to work at their regularly scheduled time on Wednesday, Sept. 13,” a spokesperson for Jaxport said.
The hurricane is expected to be centered in southwest Georgia by Monday afternoon with widespread rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches expected in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.
“In addition to heavy rain, damaging winds, coastal surge, and short lived tornadoes are expected,” a NWS spokesperson said.
Photo: Storm damage in Miami. Credit: Wikimedia