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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. 

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

Gas Shortages Reported Throughout Georgia

Sep 12, 2017
Georgia officials say there are reports of gas shortages throughout the state.
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If you head to a gas station to fill up there's a chance you could be out of luck, at least for the next few days.

Georgia officials say there are reports of gas shortages throughout the state.

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But Garrett Townsend, Georgia's spokesperson for AAA, explained: "There is no shortage of gasoline. In the system there's plenty of gas. It's just delayed in getting to its distribution point."

Townsend said the fuel outages are because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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.

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Gov. Nathan Deal is asking people to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Irma claims lives and damages trees and buildings.

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Businesses could also be looking at big financial losses as well.

For tourism operator Phil Sellers in Savannah's historic district, Hurricane Irma has caused physical damage, but also a big financial one.