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Irma’s aftermath in Atlanta: the latest on closings, damages, outages, etc.

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Toppled trees are blocking streets throughout the city’s core, police report

A large tree fallen in the middle of Poncey-Highland Playground in Atlanta.
The scene at Poncey-Highland Playground on Tuesday afternoon echoes many yards and streets across intown Atlanta.
Photos: Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta

Cantankerous Irma left quite a mess across intown Atlanta.

According to Atlanta police, parts of more than 60 roads in the city are closed due to wires, fallen trees, and debris. Most reported street closures—which include several popular routes through downtown and the Grant Park area—are listed here.

A tally compiled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed more than 500,000 people were still without power in metro Atlanta alone, as of this morning.

That number had likely shrunk by the afternoon, as Georgia Power indicated about 700,000 customers were without power throughout the entire state. The utility has 6,000 personnel in the field assessing damages and attempting to restore services, officials said. (Keep track of outage progress via this tool).

A bit of good news is that all MARTA trains and busses are back on regular schedules, after suspending services for the first time in history.

At least three Georgians have died in weather-related events, including two people in north metro Atlanta who were crushed by falling trees. One victim was a man sleeping Monday afternoon at home in Sandy Springs, the other a woman driving through Forsyth County, 11Alive reports.

A tree down, blocking a road.
In Reynoldstown, Esten Street SE was blocked Tuesday afternoon by a tree toppled by Irma’s winds.
Curbed Atlanta

Also of note:

  • Oakland Cemetery is closed for cleanup until further notice, though no graves or monuments appear to have suffered major damages, the AJC reports.
  • Fulton County courts and government will be open for business again Wednesday.
Hardee Street in Edgewood.
  • No word yet from Atlanta Public Schools on when classes will resume, but updates should come quickly via this webpage.
  • The City of Sandy Springs asked all motorists to stay home Tuesday, as more than 30 roads were impacted by down power lines as of the morning. Those included 10 “major connections” such as Spalding and Northside drives.

“People trying to traverse our city will severely complicate our situation and cause real public safety problems, both to themselves and our crews,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a release.

Mayson Avenue NE in Edgewood was impassible and cordoned off Tuesday.
The top of this large felled tree in Poncey-Highland nearly clocked a community garden.