Hurricane Irma: Take Precaution
Hurricane Irma outlook as of Sunday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.:
Irma’s new trajectory includes Georgia, plus parts of Alabama, Tennessee and likely northern Mississippi. Heavy precipitation has been forecast and is likely to cause flooding and flash floods. There is a risk of tornados. Although no longer in the path of the hurricane’s cone, the Carolinas will still see precipitation, a storm surge along the coast and could see tornadoes.
All of the states under the purview of the French Consulate General in Atlanta are therefore at risk. Be carful for flooding and falling trees. Remain informed. The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency for the entire state. The city of Atlanta has been placed under a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch. The governor of Alabama has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to level one and has activated the Alabama National Guard.
Public schools in Georgia and some schools in South Carolina (Greenville) will be closed Monday or even Tuesday. Check with your school.
The Atlanta airport announced possible disruptions on Monday but no closure. Travelers are advised to check with their airline.
To follow Irma’s trajectory, click here.
For evacuations, evacuation routes, shelters and other information:
For the state of Georgia, click here. For emergencies, call 911.
For the state of South Carolina, click here. For emergencies, call 911 or 1-866-246-0133.
For North Carolina, click here. For emergencies call 911.
For shelter in Alabama:
For those in southern Alabama, including evacuees from Florida, a center is open near Mobile, 45 minutes from Pensacola at: 19477 Fairground Rd, Robertsdale AL 36547. Call: (251) 947-3247.
Emergency number: 404.217.9446
Emergency staff is available 24 hours a day at the French Embassy. Call: 1 (888) 9 FRANCE
Offers and requests for housing:
More than 200 living arrangements for evacuees have been offered by French people and families living within the consulate’s purview. If interested, please contact Elisabeth Marchal, who is based in Atlanta. She can be reached between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at (678) 836-4891 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Possibilities for accommodations include Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Those in the storm’s trajectory should remain alert and aware.
We remind you to heed U.S. authorities’ instructions, defer any travel to the regions in Irma’s path and monitor U.S. media, especially for evacuation orders.