Irma remnants to bring strong winds to Manchester area; advisory issued

Pauline Gross
September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a category 1 hurricane over central Florida and will continue to weaken as it moves northwest.

Here's what Carolinians could expect, from bad to worse, from Irma's high winds, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Irma was moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 15 miles per hour. Gusty winds will persist through Tuesday afternoon.

With regards to rain potential, we're looking at less than one inch today through Tuesday afternoon in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. It is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later this morning over southern Georgia/Alabama. Heavy rainfall will be likely, especially for areas east of I-65.

Monday night through Tuesday morning: This is the time frame in which what's left of Irma will be moving through. That advisory was allowed to expire Tuesday morning without incident. Wind gusts look to peak at 25-40 miles per hour in the Tri-Cities Monday night-Tuesday, with higher gusts around 40-60 miles per hour in the mountains near the TN-NC line.

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Everyone is encouraged to pay close attention to the weather Monday as conditions may change rapidly.

The Valley has experienced a relatively dry week over the past several days, so the rain is expected to be rapidly absorbed by the ground in this region.

There is the possibility of tropical storm force winds for parts of the area, flash flooding and tornadoes, even as the storm passes well to our west.

The National Weather Service also warned that a wind advisory was set to take effect Monday afternoon and continue into Tuesday for the region. The latter setup is depicted in the National Weather Service forecast map for Wednesday below. The clouds and rainfall are expected to give us another cool day, with highs staying in the low 60s to upper 50s.

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