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Storm update: Irma effects include downed trees, power outages

The effects of Hurricane Irma are hitting Jasper County.

Donna Rowell captures the scene of empty Ridgeland streets early Monday morning.

The Latest: Hurricane Irma now a not-so-monstrous Category 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):

This photo provided by Michael Sechler shows a stranded manatee in Manatee County, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The mammal was stranded after waters receded from the Florida bay as Hurricane Irma approached. (Michael Sechler via AP)

School district closed Monday and Tuesday

The Jasper County School District said it will be closed for staff and students on Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12 because of the inclement weather conditions expected from Hurricane Irma.

Tropical storm warning still in effect; transportation to shelter ends 8 p.m. Sunday

The effects of Hurricane Irma are getting closer to Jasper County. The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for the area, with peak winds possible of 30 to 40 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour.

Wesley Scott/Special to JCST The shelter at RHHS is open 24 hours, but transportation won’t be provided tomorrow because of safety issues due to the storm.

USDA offers food safety tips for areas affected by Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has tips to protect food during a storm.

Irma prompts 1st ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Widespread threats from Hurricane Irma prompted Georgia’s governor to declare an emergency Sunday for the entire state, where coastal Savannah was evacuated for the second time in less than a year and Atlanta faced its first-ever tropical storm warning.

Art Pickering of Savannah pauses in the doorway of Boomy’s Bar, Sunday, Sept., 10, 2017 in downtown Savannah, Ga. Boarded up in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, bar owners decided to keep serving the few people who did not evacuate late last week. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Latest: More than 2.1M without power in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):

People stand next to palm trees as they look at churning waves and high winds along Hollywood Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Latest: SC governor says Irma to cause localized damage

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on preparations in South Carolina for the approach of Hurricane Irma (all times local):

The Latest: Irma’s winds impede access to toppled crane site

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):

A crane atop a building under construction appears after it collapsed as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in downtown Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

County keeps close eye on Hurricane Irma: Tropical storm-force winds, storm surge expected

Jasper County expects to see tropical storm-force winds that could reach hurricane strength wind gusts in the southern part of the county beginning later tonight into tomorrow, said Jasper County Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Garrett Lucas at a noon press conference.

Part of U.S. 17 headed south closing at 12 p.m. today

Speedway Blvd (U.S. 17) is closing from Alligator Alley (S.C. 170) south across the Talmadge Bridge to Savannah at 12 p.m. today, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Jasper under a Tropical Storm warning; Buses to shelter run until 8 p.m.

Jasper County officials held a 6 p.m. update on the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Georgia, South Carolina under hurricane watch as Irma nears

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — State troopers turned Interstate 16 into a one-way escape route for a few hours Saturday as evacuees packed cars and fled the Georgia coast ahead of Hurricane Irma, which forecasters said could cause widespread damage in the state from storm surge near Savannah to toppled trees and power lines far inland in Atlanta.

A handicapped elderly man waits to board a bus along with hundreds of other local residents being evacuated from the city at the Savannah Civic Center during a mandatory evacuation from Hurricane Irma on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High shelter opens as storm approaches

Jasper County is under a hurricane watch as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

Beyond Florida, Irma an unpredictable threat to Southeast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Great uncertainty remained Friday about Hurricane Irma’s path beyond Florida with forecasts showing potential storm impacts from portions of the Carolinas and Alabama as well as the entirety of Georgia, a state that’s become an escape route for hundreds of thousands of evacuees.

County evacuations still advised as Hurricane Irma forecast shifts west

Despite Hurricane Irma’s projected turn west, Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley said the storm is still a threat to the county and he advises residents to leave.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley advises residents to leave the area ahead of Hurricane Irma.