After making landfall in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Irma turned north and traveled through the western side of Florida and into Georgia. It weakened to a Tropical Storm during the journey, but was still forecast to bring rain and high winds to the north Georgia area.
Initially, the storm brought light rain and windy conditions to Athens. Gradually, the rain became a little heavier, and the winds picked up significantly. But none of that could be described as "intense."
At my house, I had a lot of leaves and pine needles down all over the place.
I took a drive around the neighborhood to check out the scenery. Most of the damage I saw looked like this - leaves and pine needles everywhere with a few small and medium-sized branches scattered about.
I also saw a few larger branches down here and there.
This was what the neighborhood looked like for the most part.
Pine needles and leaves blown all over the place.
The road through my neighborhood was littered with leaves and small branches.
A few hours later, I noticed I had a couple of small branches down in the backyard.
Thankfully, this was the extent of the damage. Irma gave me no trouble.
I hopped in the car once again to check out the neighborhood and saw some more significant damage in spots. It looks like a large branch broke off one of the trees in the front yard of this house and landed on the garage roof.
I pass by this tree every day on my way to work. It's been dead for a while, (possibly more than a year). Irma finally took care of it today. She did a good job and blew the tree over onto the empty driveway instead of the busy street.
I heard a loud "crack" while wandering around in my back yard earlier in the day. It wasn't coming from anything in my yard, but sounded close. I'm guessing this scene from a nearby yard is what I heard.
I can't tell if this an entire tree or just a large branch from one of the trees nearby. Good thing it didn't fall on the roadway.