The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta’s international airport – the world’s busiest passenger airport – to cancel nearly 200 flights early on Tuesday.
The storm also claimed two lives in Georgia and two in South Carolina.
In south Georgia, a 62-year-old man had a heart attack and died after climbing a ladder to try to secure the roof above his tractor-trailer.
John Kline was found under debris on the roof of his shed in Worth County, where winds topped 40 mph (65 kph), sheriff’s spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said. County Coroner John Johnson said Kline suffered from chronic heart disease and believes the man’s death was not storm-related.
Another man, in his 50s, was killed just outside Atlanta when a tree fell on his house, Sandy Springs police Sgt.Sam Worsham said. In addition, a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said on its website.
Some 540,000 people were ordered to evacuate days earlier from Savannah and the rest of Georgia’s coast. Irma sent 4 feet of ocean water into downtown Charleston, South Carolina, as the storm’s center passed 250 miles (400 kilometers) away.
City officials urged residents to stay off the streets.
Charles Saxon, 57, became South Carolina’s first recorded death when he was struck by a tree limb while clearing debris outside his home in Calhoun Falls amid wind gusts of about 40 mph (64 kph), according to a statement from Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley.
Another man was killed in a wreck on a wet and windy interstate as Irma moved past. Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said 21-year-old Zhen Tain died in the crash on Interstate 77 just east of Columbia.
Communities along Georgia’s coast were swamped by storm surge and rainfall arriving at high tide yesterday afternoon.
On Tybee Island east of Savannah, Holland Zellers was grabbing a kayak to reach his mother in a home near the beach.