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A Georgia school district is extending the school day to make up for time lost following Tropical Storm Irma.

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The DeKalb County School District says the day will be extended by 20 minutes every day beginning Oct. 2 until the end of the semester, Dec. 20. Schools also will be open Election Day, Nov. 7, instead of closing.

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Irma damaged nearly 1,500 utility poles and knocked down more than 2,000 trees, according to Georgia Power. So why not bury more power lines, so the lights don't go out when a tree falls nearby?

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In short: It’s really expensive, and it’s not necessarily the best solution.

“The common thought is that if we bury the lines, then when we have storms like this, then we won't have outages,” said Craig Bell, a spokesman for Georgia Power.

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Historically, Atlanta has struggled with managing all the rain from big storms. The water rushes into the sewers, overwhelming the system and causing flooding.

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In the past few years, one solution the city has emphasized is an approach known as green infrastructure.

So how’d that solution perform during Irma? It did well, according to the Department of Watershed Management.

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.
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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.

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Today Tropical Storm Irma is headed toward metro Atlanta, and it will be grazing through parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee during Tuesday and part of Wednesday.

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Many metro Atlanta public schools have closed for Monday and have announced closing on Tuesday.

Use the tools below to help you track Irma as it makes its way through the Southeast.