Irma a Tropical Storm, Exiting Florida
Clean-up and recovery has begun in Florida from what was Hurricane Irma, which made landfall Sunday in the Sunshine State. Irma crossed the Florida Keys in the morning and made a second landfall near Marco Island on Florida’s West Coast in the afternoon. Structure and tree damage is widespread and millions remain without power across the state as the wind was clocked above 100 mph in several locations.
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Irma is now a tropical storm, located about 70 miles east of Tallahassee, Florida and 85 miles north of Cedar Key. Maximum sustained winds have weakened to 65 mph with higher gusts above hurricane force. The storm is moving to the north-northwest at 17 mph, which will bring the center of Irma into Georgia this afternoon and through the Tennessee Valley this week.
Flooding and storm surge remains a concern with Irma across the Southeast. The persistent, easterly onshore flow ahead of Irma in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, and behind the storm along Florida’s West Coast, will bring some storm surge flooding. In Jacksonville, FL, the water continues to pile up along the St. Johns River and a Flash Flood Emergency remains in effect due to the rising water levels.
6″ to 12″ of rain will likely fall in the Southeast, especially across Georgia and South Carolina. Flash Flood Watches remain in effect.
Strong wind gusts are likely throughout the day across the Southeast. Tropical Storm Warnings extend from north of Atlanta to Lake Okeechobee, and from Birmingham to Charleston. Tornadoes are possible as squalls continue to wrap around Irma.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels