While one forecast model shows Hurricane Irma tracking across metro Atlanta early next week, it’s still too soon to know which way the Category 5 storm will turn. Nevertheless, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in six coastal Georgia counties: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh.

Deal also issued an executive order to prevent price gouging at the gas pumps and waiving transportation restrictions for drivers carrying emergency supplies to impacted areas.

Hurricane Irma, packing 185 mile per hour winds, roared across islands in the Caribbean overnight and is headed for Puerto Rico. Social media has indicated that residents of Florida are heeding evacuation orders and many are heading to Atlanta. There are already reports of hotels filling up in south Georgia.

Many longtime Intown residents may recall the remnants of Hurricane Opal moving across the city in 1995 causing widespread flooding and wind damage.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.