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Posted: September 11, 2017

More debris falls from Peachtree building; roads closed until Irma passes

A city police car blocks Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on Monday after debris fell off a high-rise building near Woodruff Park. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
A city police car blocks Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on Monday after debris fell off a high-rise building near Woodruff Park. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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By Lauren Foreman and Ellen Eldridge

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roads will remain closed near an area of Peachtree Street where high winds tore off part of a high-rise building’s facade, Atlanta police said Monday.

At least one metal tile fell Sunday and about five additional pieces of debris fell from the 32-story building at 34 Peachtree Street on Monday.

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As a result, closures were reported on Peachtree Street at Auburn Avenue, Walton and Wall streets; Marietta Street at Broad Street and Park Place; and Edgewood Avenue at Peachtree Center Avenue. 

“Those roads will remain closed until the storm has passed the metro Atlanta area,” Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said Monday.

Although no injuries have been reported, officials are also cautioning people to avoid Woodruff Park in the Five Points area.

“All pedestrian and vehicular traffic have been blocked,” Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said. “Barricades have been placed around the area affected.” 

The damage, however, has not led to any added closures.

High winds were reported in metro Atlanta ahead of Irma, which was downgraded early Monday from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, according to The Associated Press.