As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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Camden County, Georgia, emergency management officials are asking drivers on I-95 to keep on moving and not stop in their county. 

There are no electricity, water, or sewer services, which is coupled with no fuel supply or accommodations available to serve the public. 

Hundreds of animals and their humans have evacuated to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricultural Center in Perry, Georgia, ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Horses are welcomed with a free stall, three bags of shavings and access to the arenas. State veterinary regulations are suspended for animals coming from Florida and within the state of Georgia. As of Saturday morning, nearly 200 horses were on site, with at least as many humans tending to them. Barn managers say the facility can hold 350 horses in stalls, but no one will be turned away.

As Hurricane Irma’s track shifted farther west, many in the Savannah area wondered whether to evacuate as ordered. Some people who at first considered leaving opted to stay, rather than evacuate west to areas increasingly covered by storm trajectories.


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Fans of home improvement shows know it’s that time of year when HGTV opens up its annual Dream Home Sweepstakes. This year, if the winner lives on the First Coast, he or she won’t have to travel far to claim the prize. 

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Two weeks after the presidential election, Florida has published official returns. But not every name voters wrote on their ballots will appear on those reports.

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Hundreds of train lovers will descend on tiny Folkston, Georgia, this weekend for the annual Folkston Funnel Spring Rail Watch.

Around 90 percent of all the trains heading to and from Jacksonville are funneled through the middle of Folkston on a set of double tracks owned by CSX. And crowds gather twice a year for a train watching festival.

Even on non-festival weekends, train lovers like Jacksonville resident Donald Ewing flock to the Folkston Funnel. Ewing was there a couple weeks ago.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Florida's lawsuit seeking to limit the amount of water its neighbor Georgia can take from a shared river system.

The court's decision Monday to hear the case was applauded by Florida officials, and marked a new chapter in the decades-long regional battle over rights to take water from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint river system.

David Perdue, snakes and lightning are in the headlines today.

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Dave Kyler was trained as an engineer and urban planner. When he came to the Georgia coastal islands to work for a planning organization, he found a home that he's never left.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing is set to appear in court.

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says he is conducting a formal review of facts and evidence in the case of a Valdosta teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school gym.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says that if he uncovers sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation he will ask the FBI to conduct it. He made the remarks about the death of Kendrick Johnson at his office in Macon Thursday.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge says a man convicted of killing his father and seven extended family members in a mobile home will not face the death penalty.

Twenty-six-year-old Guy Heinze Jr. of Brunswick was found guilty of eight counts of malice murder on Friday. He was charged with the Aug. 29, 2009, killings just days after he cried in a frantic 911 call: "My whole family is dead!"

The judge in the case said shortly after the verdict was announced that prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty after a juror was dismissed earlier Friday.

Early voting is underway in Lowndes County, Georgia. Polls opened at 7 Monday morning, and there’s three more weeks of early voting. But, some are still calling on local supervisors of elections around the state to increase voter turnout by including Saturday as an early voting day.

Monday marked the first day of Early Voting, and Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections Deb Cox says it was a busy day, without many long lines.

“Right now, you’re in and out of the door in less than 15 minutes from the time you walk until the time you walk out,” said Cox.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of a Georgia teenager charged with fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face during an attempted street robbery.