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More emergency agencies may limit response as Tropical Storm Irma winds increase

Tropical Storm Irma blows into Macon

With the strongest winds of Tropical Storm Irma still to come, Macon was already seeing multiple trees down and minor property damage by 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
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With the strongest winds of Tropical Storm Irma still to come, Macon was already seeing multiple trees down and minor property damage by 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

As Tropical Storm Irma’s winds are expected to strengthen, more public safety agencies may limit emergency response.

The highest winds are expected between 2 and 8 p.m. in Bibb and Houston counties.

If winds reach 40 miles per hour or more in the city of Warner Robins, no public safety personnel — including police, fire and public work crews — will be dispatched unless the call is life-threatening, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

Additionally, Warner Robins police tweeted wind gusts of 41 mph at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Warner Robins police remained on patrol early Monday afternoon, attempting to remove trees, debris and limbs from the roadways, Warner Robins police tweeted.

The same holds true for the city of Perry, according to a Perry police Facebook post.

Laurens County law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service are only responding to life-and-death calls, according to a Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

Bibb County deputies may be answering only life-threatening calls during peak storm hours Monday, Sheriff David Davis said Sunday.

Extremely high winds make travel unsafe.

“We haven’t reached that point yet,” Bibb County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Gonzalez said early Monday afternoon. “We’re still responding to calls.”

Gonzalez urged people to stay off the roads if at all possible to keep the roads clear for utility and emergency vehicles and reduce potential weather-related traffic crashes.

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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