Fulton County to remain closed Tuesday; power outages in south Fulton

2:30 p.m Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 Georgia Politics and Government
The Fulton County Courthouse will remain closed Tuesday. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM AJC FILE PHOTO

Fulton County offices, including the courthouse, will remain closed Tuesday.

The closure comes as Tropical Storm Irma blows through metro Atlanta.

Some south Fulton County residents have lost power, as did a College Park fire station, though it is running on a backup generator.

Jessica Corbitt, a spokeswoman for Fulton County, said Fire Station #1 on Welcome All Road in College Park had lost power.

Outages are occurring throughout metro Atlanta.

Deal said coastal Georgia has experienced a significant amount of flooding.

Bob Ellis, Fulton County’s vice chairman, said there had not been much storm damage early Monday afternoon.

The county opened a shelter at Jefferson Place, and it filled up quickly, with about 100 people, Ellis said. Atlanta also opened a shelter at the Central Park Recreation Center at 400 Merrits Avenue, NE. That shelter houses 125 people.

In Alpharetta, 81 people were staying at the city’s community center Monday afternoon.

Ellis said the county was monitoring areas for potential flooding, but that it was relatively quiet.

“It looks like the winds are more temperate than initially anticipated,” Ellis said. “Hopefully it stays quiet, and is a non-event from a severe standpoint.”

Ellis said the county continued to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

“Everybody’s monitoring it and trying to make the best decisions,” he said. “A high degree of preparation has gone into things. Everybody would be foolish not to be concerned.”

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