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Hurricane Irma

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The “winner” of this category last year was Hurricane Matthew, and while Irma wasn’t as damaging for most people locally, a stretch of houses on Tybee Island was indeed utterly devastated by flooding.

In something of a reverse from the 2016 experience with Matthew, this time local government reacted altogether efficiently and competently – though that didn’t keep malcontents from criticizing them for urging an evacuation.

By Sept. 7, Gov. Deal had issued a mandatory evacuation order for our area. Ironically, as the storm began to threaten inland areas, Atlanta was put under its first-ever tropical storm warning.

Runner-up: ‘Truth on Trial,’ WTOC investigation

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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