NWS predicts high winds, no significant flooding in Hurricane Irma aftermath

NWS predicts high winds, no significant flooding in Hurricane Irma aftermath

NWS predicts high winds, no significant flooding in Hurricane Irma aftermath

There is a small chance of rain in the morning, but also drops off in the afternoon. As of Monday morning, rain is in the forecast for Monday (90%), Tuesday (70%), Wednesday (60%) and Thursday (40%). 45-55mph sustained winds are possible in Columbus and surrounding areas with up to 70mph wind gusts.

High pressure parked over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend into Monday should start to retreat late that day as a weakening Irma pushes north into the southeastern United States. The latest track has is shifting a little farther west.

Irma will continue to weaken as it moves northwest. It is expected as a tropical storm over Columbus Monday evening.

Winds in the Upstate will be about 15-20 miles per hour until about 10 a.m., then the gusts will end and winds will stay between 10-15 miles per hour for much of the day.

Slight rain showers are expected in the Upstate and Western North Carolina on Tuesday with the wind gusts ending by mid-afternoon. "In addition, wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour will be possible in the highest peaks of the southern Appalachian Mountains".

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For Quitman, Clay and Randolph Counties tropical storm force winds are likely.

"We're expecting the strongest winds to be from Nashville southeastward", a NWS meteorologist said. This includes Shorterville, Cuthbert and Shellman. "Strong winds will combine with increasingly saturated soils to bring down some trees", says the National Weather Service.

Through the overnight, conditions will gradually improve into the rest of Tuesday morning. "There may be some minor flooding in some of the very poor drainage areas".

RAIN: Flash Flood Watches have been issued for our area Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon. According to NWS, rainfall totals could reach one to two inches Monday night and another quarter of an inch Tuesday is possible.

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