Utahns in Irma’s path brace as storm hits Georgia, Carolinas

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MACON, Georgia (ABC4 Utah) – Irma’s fierce winds and heavy rainfall continued through Georgia and the Carolinas Monday afternoon, and a Utah man living in central Georgia said his family has expressed concern. 

“We started getting texts Thursday and Friday asking if we were going to be ok and if we needed to evacuate,” said Jeremy Kidd, a Logan native who now lives in Macon, GA with his wife and children. Kidd said the tropical storm-force winds and rain were just getting started Monday morning, but many people had already reported power outages in his area. 

Utah-based company Rocky Mountain Power had crews on the ground in Georgia Monday, helping swamped power companies fill a huge need as outage calls came in. The Utah chapter of the American Red Cross also had crews on the ground in Florida Monday ready to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma, which devastated the Sunshine State. 

Kidd said he was not overly-concerned by Tropical Storm Irma’s outlook Monday, but he said it is important to be prepared. 

“The trick is to be prepared early,” said Kidd. “Once the storm hits, you’re not going to be able to get water, you’re not going to be able to get bread…”

The storm was forecast to affect North and South Carolina, as well as Alabama Monday. 

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