The highest winds will be along the I-77 corridor westward. "Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.Winds this strong can make driving difficult.especially for high profile vehicles". As this happens, spotty rain chances will continue through mid-week for our area...but NOTHING major is expected at this time.
Noon - 5 PM - Winds pick up to 20-40 miles per hour with locally higher gusts as rain intensity increases. Highs will reach into the 60s to low 70s.
Weather forecasters say the Charlotte area is wedged between the Tropical Cyclone conditions associated with Irma and a high pressure system to the northeast.
The entire state of Florida will experience devastating winds and 1-2 feet of rain from Irma.
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From there, the storm is expected to drift off to the northwest, toward Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas as a tropical depression.
The made landfall at 3:35 p.m. Sunday on Marco Island, Fla., as a Category 3 hurricane.
A high wind WARNING is in effect for all the Upstate and Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford Counties in western NC Monday into early Tuesday for potential wind gusts exceeding 50 miles per hour. The higher gusts will be along the mountains' ridges, closer to the center. We don't anticipate flooding concerns with that much rain. While the tornado risk is still very low, we can't rule out an isolated tornado Tuesday. Afternoon rain chance around 40%.