The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses, as the north tower burns, after the buildings were attacked by two highjacked planes in New York on Sept. 11, 2011. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)
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Hurricane Irma forces cancellation of some 9/11 events

Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit metro Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday, has forced the cancellation of several events honoring those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The anniversary of the attacks is on Monday, in which nearly 3,000 people died in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

The storm is expected to produce strong winds and heavy rain, which will likely cause dangerous flooding.

Cherokee County’s 2017 Patriot Day Ceremony has been canceled because of predicted bad weather coming into the area during the next few days, according to the county’s fire and emergency services website.

The event was be held at Cherokee County’s Public Safety Memorial in Canton.

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Additionally, the city of Avondale Estates announced it will cancel the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services has also canceled its annual remembrance event " to allow our first responders to aid in the preparation for Hurricane Irma and ensure that they are available to respond to any storm-related incidents around the county,” according to the county’s website. 

The event was scheduled for Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center’s Fallen Heroes Memorial.

The City of Milton said Cambridge High School will cancel the 9/11 Never Forget Flag Memorial because of weather conditions associated with Hurricane Irma. The event was scheduled for Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center’s Fallen Heroes Memorial. 

The DeKalb County’s fire, rescue and police departments will continue with plans to hold a remebrance ceremony, at 8:46 a.m. Monday in the courtyard at 1950 West Exchange Place in Tucker.

In case of bad weather, the event will be held inside of the Fire Rescue Building on the fifth floor.

Still, some anniversary events, which are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, will go on as planned. People are advised to check with local organizers.

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a federal state of emergency in Georgia. Dozens of Georgia counties are also under a state of emergency.

Mandatory evacuations for coastal areas east of I-95 and all of Chatham County remain in place and contraflow on I-16 will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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