By: Jennifer Brett, Joshua Sharpe and Ty Tagami
Irma slogged through Georgia on Monday, leaving a trail of flooding, power outages and downed trees in its wake.
The storm weakened substantially after unleashing hurricane-strength winds in Florida and the Caribbean. But even as a tropical storm, Irma packed a powerful punch.
Three Georgia deaths were blamed on the storm — a 55-year-old Sandy Springs man who was crushed by a tree that fell on his home as he slept, a South Georgia man who was swept off his roof by high winds, and a woman killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in a Forsyth County driveway.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tropical Storm Irma arrives in Florida
Metro Atlanta — which shut down schools, governments and even mass transit in advance of Irma — was pummeled by rain and wind on Monday that sent stately tulip poplars and oak trees careening into houses. Irma ushered in Atlanta’s first-ever tropical storm warning.
By Monday night, utility crews were scrambling to restore power to some 1.5 million Georgians in the dark. And some of the Floridians who had fled to Georgia to escape Irma were taking to the roads to return home,
despite pleas by Gov, Nathan Deal and others that they should stay put until the storm had passed.