Hurricane Irma Atlanta | WABE 90.1 FM

Hurricane Irma Atlanta

Miranda Hawkins / WABE

Before Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta full force last Monday, metal panels were already falling off 34 Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

Like us on Facebook

The 32-story office tower is sandwiched between Woodruff Park and Broad Street. And the top of it has metal panels protecting the building's mechanical equipment.

The Creative Group owns the building and David Barrett is the building manager. He said the owner wasn't aware of any issues with the panels until Sunday.

Downtown Atlanta Roads Set To Reopen Following Irma

Sep 14, 2017
The area around 34 Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta has been closed off due to storm winds knocking metal panels off the tower.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

Some roads in downtown Atlanta that were closed because of storm damage from Irma reopened Thursday afternoon.

For the past few days, the area around 34 Peachtree Street has been roped off with caution tape.

Like us on Facebook

On Sunday, winds from Tropical Storm Irma knocked metal panels off the 32-story office tower. More fell on Monday when the storm hit the city full force.

No one was hurt, but police closed off the area because they worried more panels would fall.

John Amis / Associated Press

Thousands of crew members have been working to restore power for Georgians across the state after Tropical Storm Irma.

Like us on Facebook

At the height of the storm Monday, more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Georgia were without power.

"We have damage from one end of the state to the other – from Tybee to Trenton up in northwest Georgia – so it is very widespread damage," said John Kraft, a spokesperson with Georgia Power.

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.