May 12, 2021

Irma leaves Heard County largely unscathed

Franklin city workers clearing a tree from a street in downtown Franklin Monday afternoon as Irma brought heavy winds and rain to the area (Photo: Franklin Police Department)

(Franklin, GA) — Irma arrived with a bang Monday afternoon in the Heard County as heavy winds and rains swirled during the afternoon hours before conditions calmed.

Many homes were without power temporarily due to trees falling on power lines, but as of Tuesday morning only a few isolated meters remain without power as crews worked quickly to restore service.

There were many downed trees reported throughout the county and Heard County road crews worked late into the evening to clear hazards from county roadways.

Thankfully, there were no major injuries or structural damage although there were a couple of uncomfirmed reports of homes damaged by falling trees/limbs.

The peak winds and damage from the storm came between 2-4PM Monday afternoon. Franklin Parkway was closed for a short time near the Heard County Health Department due to a downed tree on a power line.

A flood warning for the Chattahoochee River was issued by the National Weather Service this morning for the river from noon today until Wednesday afternoon as waters rise due to heavy rainfall in the area.

The damage was more severe statewide as Irma (weakened to a still-deadly tropical storm) swirled beyond Florida Monday, killing at least three people in Georgia, flooding the coast, sending trees crashing onto homes and forcing the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta to cancel hundreds of flights.

The former hurricane remained an immense, 400-mile wide storm as its center moved on from Florida Monday afternoon, giving its still-formidable gusts and drenching rains a far reach.

Over 500,000 people were ordered to evacuate from Savannah and the rest of Georgia’s coast prior to Irma’s arrival.

The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 mph (65 kph), Worth County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said in an AP report. His wife had called 911 saying he’d had a heart attack.

“He was lodged between two beams and had a little bit of debris on top of him,” Clem said. “He was on the roof at the height of the storm.”

Another man, in his 50’s, was killed just outside Atlanta when a tree fell on his house, Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said.

And a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of any of the three who died in Georgia.


  1. Grumpy Chuck says

    You know instead of cancelling the eclipse, I wish the powers to be would have cancelled Hurricane Irma!


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