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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies Monday, March 28, 2016, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Describing Hurricane Irma as a "catastrophic event" after viewing its destruction from the air, Gov. Nathan Deal promised Thursday that the state will pay local governments' share for cleaning up storm debris along the Georgia coast.

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Deal got a firsthand look at the damage inflicted in Glynn County, where hundreds of homes flooded on St. Simons Island as Irma crossed southwest Georgia on Monday as a weakened tropical storm more than 100 miles inland.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The number of power outages in Georgia continued to drop Wednesday after Irma slogged through the state as a tropical storm, claiming at least two lives.

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Fewer than 363,000 Georgia Power and Electric Member Corp. customers remained without electricity Wednesday night.


Georgia Power said in a news release that 95 percent of its customers should have their lights back on by Sunday night, except for homes and businesses too damaged to get reconnected.


Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia’s other top emergency officials gave an update this morning on the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma.  Here’s what they said:

The recovery will be slow.

Gov. Deal says Georgia hasn’t seen anything like Irma in a long time.  Normally, he says, requests for a declared state of emergency are localized. 

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Worried relatives, generous volunteers, frantic neighbors, even medical providers are turning to social media now that Hurricane Irma wiped out electricity and cell service to communities across Florida, cutting off most contact with remote islands in the Keys.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's international airport -- one of the world's busiest -- to cancel nearly 200 flights early Tuesday. The storm claimed at least two lives in Georgia and one in South Carolina.

The flights canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport put the total number of interrupted trips there due to Irma at about 1,300, spokesman Andrew Gobeil said. The airport remained operational, although some passengers were forced to spend the night at the airport. Gobeil said he didn't have the exact number.