Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Irma downgraded to a Tropical Storm

Irma downgraded to a Tropical Storm

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Coastal Georgia, with hurricane-level winds greater than 74 miles per hour possible offshore.

"Strong winds between Hurricane Irma to the south and high pressure to the north will develop late tonight across northeast SC, and increase while expanding north through Monday", the advisory said.

The Shoals will start experiencing some of Hurricane Irma's winds today as the storm system continues tracking upward into Alabama.

Irma hit southern Florida on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.

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12 11 p.m. - Heavy rain and windy with gusts up to 50 MPH+.

The morning begins with light rain that will be diminishing by the afternoon. As a result, Irma's impacts will arrive in the Tennessee Valley sooner than depicted on a National Hurricane Center forecast track map.

A flash flood watch is in effect for metro Atlanta through Tuesday.

"When you wake up, you may see some part of northwest Alabama upgraded to a tropical storm watch, depending on Irma's track", Amin said.

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Along with the sustained winds, the forecast calls for gusts as high as 40 miles per hour tonight and 45 miles per hour Tuesday.

Monday night through Tuesday morning: This is the time frame in which what's left of Irma will be moving through. Heavy rains, and possibly thunderstorms, are forecast for Monday and into Tuesday.

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Coastal flooding from higher than normal high tides will affect Georgetown County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, but a storm surge watch is yet to be issued for the county.

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Irma will eventually become a remnant low and be absorbed into the mid-levels of the atmosphere. The highest winds will be along the I-77 corridor westward. The utility company said it must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process followed by fix crews, which could take several days. For the rest of the week we will see a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures into the low 80s. Highs will struggle to make it higher than the 60s both Tuesday and Wednesday. We stay mostly dry, so the weather will co-operate during the clean-up process from Irma.

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