On Second Thought For Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma has made landfall, and is working its way up our state. The remnants of Irma were downgraded to a tropical storm, but that storm remains a major threat. We checked in with National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Nadler and GPB reporter Emily Jones.

Author Greg Iles has sold millions of books. He’s written 15 novels, 12 of which have been New York Times best sellers. His latest novel is “Mississippi Blood” -- the final installment of a trilogy that he began eight years ago. We revisited our conversation with Greg Iles from back in March.

For 10 years now, the Otis Redding Foundation has hosted a summer camp to connect talented young people with coaches from the music industry. We heard the musical stylings of a few Otis Music Campers.

Hurricanes are rare in Georgia, but we do get them. Our last direct hit by a major hurricane was in 1898, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had our share of big storms. Stan Deaton, who is the senior historian of the Georgia Historical Society, recently talked about Georgia's hurricane history on his podcast, "Off the Deaton Path."

We added a couple of tunes to the Georgia Playlist, courtesy of Atlanta singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. Mullins chose tracks from Gladys Knight & the Pips and the Indigo Girls.

Georgia has welcomed thousands of people fleeing Hurricane Irma. After Hurricane Katrina, our doors were also wide open to evacuees, like the Rev. E. Leroy Brown. He had been preaching in New Orleans for nearly 20 years before he relocated to Dallas, Georgia. He shared his story of relocating after the powerful storm.