A number of offices and the Polk School District have closed their doors today as the National Weather Service has a tropical storm warning in effect for Polk County, which as of this morning includes the Cedartown Library, the City of Cedartown offices and more.
School officials also announced during the lunch hour that they will keep schools closed and call off afternoon activities through Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Also, the offices of the Standard Journal will open later Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Here's a comprehensive list of what has closed for Monday, Sept. 11:
- This morning's 9/11 Remembrance ceremony hosted by the Cedartown Fire Department was called off.
- The City of Cedartown closed all of their offices for the day. Public Safety and Public Works officials are still on duty to help with any mitigation efforts needed due to the storm impact. The City Commission meeting tonight scheduled for 6 p.m. has been postponed to Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.
- Polk County government offices, including the courts, are closed for the day. Police, Fire and Public Works officials are on the job today as well. The Board of Commissioners work session planned for this evening will hopefully be scheduled for Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. prior to the September regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., depending on the weather situation.
- The City of Rockmart municipal offices closed for the day as well, and their public safety and public works officials are also at work today.
- The Cedartown Public Library and Rockmart Public Library is closed today.
- All Polk School District classrooms are closed, as well as Georgia Higlands and Georgia Northwestern Technical College campuses. All Polk School District campuses will remain closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
- The Polk County Health Department office is closed today and Tuesday, Sept. 12.
- The Polk County Chamber of Commerce is closed for the day.
- Coosa Valley Credit Union announced their offices around the region are closing at 12:30 p.m. today.
- Harbin Clinic's Cedartown office will close at 2 p.m., along with their locations around the region according to a release from their communications office.
Many other businesses and offices have also decided to shut down for Monday as well. The Standard Journal offices remain open, and news can be reported to Editor Kevin Myrick by calling 770-748-1520 and pressing 2 when the automated message comes on, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Ahead of the impact of Hurricane Irma today, many stores ran out of items like bread and bottled water over the weekend. Lines also formed on Friday at gas pumps as prices also increased for a short time, but some stations have come back down to levels they were at on Labor Day.
Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey said local residents should stay off the roads when possible, shelter in place for the time being, and have emergency storm plans in place with their family should they become necessary.
He added on Sunday that local residents should keep a 3-day supply of food on hand in case of power outages. In Florida and South Georgia, millions of residents and businesses were already without power as the storm made landfall over the weekend.
Check back for more updates on closures for the day as they become available.