Irma passes over Georgia and a slow recovery begins

[private]Hurricane Irma left the state of Georgia on Monday, leaving state government to begin what Gov. Nathan Deal called the “slow process” of recovery from the massive tropical storm that earlier had ripped through Florida.

As one of the first signs of recovery, Deal lifted his executive order of last week that commanded the evacuation of six coastal counties that were believed to be in the most danger from the hurricane.

On Monday, Deal said, assessment teams from the Department of Transportation had completed their safety inspections of 49 state bridges. As the state made its safety determination of each bridge, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted.

“This is a different kind of natural disaster,” Deal said at a Tuesday morning news conference. “This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected. . . . As a result of that, recovery is going to be a little slow.”

The governor cautioned evacuees from Florida from trying to return home until government agencies had been able to inspect bridges in the path of storm and determine that it was okay to use them.

More than 1.2 million Georgians were without electricity as a result of the storm and most were still waiting for power to be restored Tuesday afternoon.

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