2017-09-20 / Front Page

Hurricane Irma Weakens Before Hitting Miller County


Strong winds caused huge trees to fall resulting in damage to houses and a vehicle on 1st Street. Strong winds caused huge trees to fall resulting in damage to houses and a vehicle on 1st Street. Miller County braced for the worst as Hurricane Irma headed this way Sunday night and Monday, Sept. 10-11. While most of Florida was evacuated because of the potential damage from the storm, most people in this part of Georgia expected the hurricane to move east toward the coastal areas.

Fears began to rise Sunday as Hurricane Irma seemed to linger over Cuba and did not begin to move north as early as expected. The worst case that could be expected for people in southwest Georgia was for Hurricane Irma to skirt along the west coast of Florida, building power in the Gulf of Mexico, before hitting the panhandle of Florida on its way to Georgia. Late Sunday night, Irma did just that.

The National Weather Service Sunday night revised its projections and placed Irma on a direct path for Tampa, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and then southwest Georgia. This forecast had all the signs of being the worst storm conditions possible for Colquitt and Miller County.


This home on South Cuthbert Street received damage from trees. This home on South Cuthbert Street received damage from trees. Fortunately, the brunt of the hurricane force winds died as it passed over just enough of Florida. By the time it came into Miller County on Monday, Irma had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

However, Irma did not pass through our area without leaving its mark. Many trees fell throughout the county, taking power lines down and leaving people in the dark. The county had the Emergency Management Operations Center open throughout the entire storm. Also the Colquitt/ Miller County Fire Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Department and the Colquitt Police Department worked diligently throughout the storm to keep the roads safe and clear.

Some Georgia Power customers were without power in the city for four days. Power was out also throughout most of the county on Sunday and into Monday. Electrical crews from Georgia Power and Three Notch EMC worked in different circumstances to restore power to as many customers as possible. An estimated 1800 people were out of power during the storm.


This tree barely missed this home on Miller Street. This tree barely missed this home on Miller Street. EMA Director Debbie Henry stated that they were five homes that also received storm-related damage. On a positive note, she also reported that there were no injuries or deaths in the county associated with Hurricane Irma.

As crews restored power, the City of Colquitt has worked full force helping residents and clearing debris while others worked in the county to remove downed trees from the roads.

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