Irma continues inland: Our area to feel impacts into Tuesday

APTOPIX Hurricane Irma

Lingering bands of showers and heat may lead to a few thunderstorms on Tuesday, but the chance is low, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a category 1 hurricane over central Florida and will continue to weaken as it moves northwest. Sustained winds as of 4PM were at 110mph, with gusts to 140 miles per hour near the center of circulation. Winds will be on the increase overnight, sustained at 15-25 miles per hour and gusting to around 30.

TIMING: Winds will become strong by Monday afternoon.

Now Irma is set to move through South/Central Georgia as a Tropical Storm through the day Monday.

Monday Morning: Light showers will be moving in through the morning. The greater Chattanooga area received several inches of rain and winds that created minor damage, mostly in the form of downed power lines.

"We're expecting the strongest winds to be from Nashville southeastward", a NWS meteorologist said. Monday morning, tropical storm force winds (39+ mph) are possible in the area through Monday night.

Weather forecasters say the Charlotte area is wedged between the Tropical Cyclone conditions associated with Irma and a high pressure system to the northeast.

Irma is expected to drop as much as 2-3 inches of rain throughout the Tennessee Valley Monday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

As of early this morning, a tropical storm warning had been issued by the National Weather Service in east Alabama as far north as Etowah, Blount and Cherokee counties.

Due to the relatively cool and dry air in place in the Tennessee Valley ahead of Irma's arrival, the instability available for the atmosphere to tap into for generating thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes is very, very low.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Aiken and Orangeburg counties.

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