All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.
Those winds could move into north Alabama by Monday afternoon and last into Tuesday morning.
When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide.
On the positive side, dry air to the west of the hurricane, and shear associated with an upper trough (the feature that turned the storm to the north) are getting involved, and slow weakening is likely from here on, but understand this remains a very risky hurricane that will impact Tampa/St. Petersburg/Orlando tonight, along with much of the Florida Peninsula. At least five deaths are now associated with Irma in Florida, according to officials.
"Irma has weakened a bit as of the 11 p.m. advisory and has maximum winds of 100 miles per hour".
The county is located in southwest Georgia, where Irma's center was churning northwestward toward Alabama on Monday afternoon.
"We're on the wrong side of the storm", Burns said.
All of north Georgia is now under a tropical storm warning.
"RAIN: "Rain amounts of 2-4" are possible over the eastern counties (in the tropical storm warning), with amounts of 1-2" for the western counties.
"Even though the storm prediction center is not indicating any tornado prospects for us, I'm saying there's a chance for isolated tornadoes that can spin up without warning", Burns said.
Irma is moving very quickly, kicking up strong winds.
"The air will get squeezed between the buildings and you're going to see some terrific wind gusts".
WIND SPEEDS: Winds over East Alabama in the tropical storm warning tomorrow and tomorrow night will be in the 30-45 miles per hour range, with higher gusts, especially on ridges. The winds could arrive as early as Monday evening.
Deal also issued an executive order authorizing 5,000 National Guard personnel to be mobilized on state active duty for response and recovery operations from Hurricane Irma.
The watch goes into effect at 8 a.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Irma is expected to bring 2 to 3 inches of rainfall as she crosses the state.
The National Weather Service said tropical storm conditions will be possible in southeast Alabama starting before sunrise Monday morning and will spread northward through Monday night.
"We'll start to see some of those very light rain showers work their way into the south metro, then become more widespread as we head throughout the morning period", Walls said.