Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Post-Tropical Cyclone Irma brings rain, could dissipate Tuesday

Post-Tropical Cyclone Irma brings rain, could dissipate Tuesday

With the winds coming and 2-3 inches expected through Tuesday morning, Little said unsecured items in yards and around businesses could pose a hazard if they are lifted up in the winds and sent flying down streets.

Dr. Bill Griffin, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for the school system, noted that officials wanted to wait until drivers (bus drivers, parents, and student drivers alike) had full daylight in the morning before putting people out on the roadways following the storm's wind and rain.

A wind advisory is in effect for the Charlotte area overnight. This will give the storm's moisture an opportunity to expand into Virginia and then toward D.C. and Maryland.

Winds will become breezy today and tonight as the pressure gradient between Irma and an area of high pressure to our north tightens up. The center will track to our west. Monday morning Irma weakened into a Tropical Storm, after hugging the western coast of Florida all day Sunday. It is expected as a tropical storm over Columbus Monday evening.

WINDS: Northeast 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

For Quitman, Clay and Randolph Counties tropical storm force winds are likely. Locally heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour will be possible. This includes Shorterville, Cuthbert and Shellman.

IMPACTS: Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Weather conditions will continue to improve throughout the Carolinas as Tuesday progresses.

Lastly, there is a small threat of a brief tornado southeast of I-85 between now and 2 AM.

We should have a better idea by tomorrow or Monday whether Irma will bring any rain or wind of significance to the D.C. area.

Multiple bouts of rain are expected to move through the region, beginning Monday evening and wrapping up early Thursday.

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