Today, everyone is talking about historic Hurricane Irma and we will talk about that in the next section. Today, we will see some showers and storms possible with many areas receiving at least 0.50” – 1” with a passing frontal boundary. Some of the storms could become severe but we are not expecting an outbreak or anything widespread in terms of severe weather. This front will stall and wash out as we head into Wednesday over the Eastern part of NC and SC.
Irma is now a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185mph and gusts near 220mph. This is a very dangerous storm and is defying what the weather models have been showing in terms of strength. We have only seen 5 hurricanes greater than 175mph in the Atlantic and they were:
Needless to say, if you are in the cone of Irma, take action now and have an evacuation plan in place. The most likely area that seems to take the first hit will be near the Bahamas and just south of there. After that, we are monitoring it closely as it could be anywhere from Florida to the Carolina coasts.
I also want to mention that just because you are not in the middle of the cone does not mean that you should not expect any impacts from Irma. Hurricane force winds and greater could be felt up to 100 miles on either side of the eyewall. The other threat will be tornadoes on the right side of Irma’s eye and flash flooding with several inches of rainfall in a short amount of time. The biggest question facing us right now is when the north turn occurs.
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