Hurricane Irma's Impacts on the Tennessee Valley

HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Irma will remain a category 1 hurricane Monday afternoon as it moves into south Georgia. For us in north Alabama, this is when we'll see rain showers start to move in from the southeast with our winds picking up as well. As Irma continues on a northwest track towards our area, it will significantly weaken from a hurricane into a tropical storm... then depression... then a remanent low by Tuesday afternoon.


Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning is when we can expect the heaviest rainfall. Rain totals will range from 1-3", with the highest amounts being along the Alabama/Georgia state line. Major flooding issues are not expected, although some isolated flash flooding will be possible Monday night when we're expecting the heaviest rain. Lighter rain showers stay in the forecast through Thursday.

Winds will start to pick up Monday and will stay strong overnight into Tuesday. Sustained winds from 25 to 35 mph, winds gusting closer to 45 mph possible. Even higher wind gusts over 50 mph will be possible in the higher terrain of northeast Alabama. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Wind Advisory or even a High Wind Warning issued for the area Monday-Tuesday. There may be some isolated areas that experience power outages because of trees getting knocked down, but no widespread issues.

**NO** severe weather or tornadoes expected for the Tennessee Valley.

HOW TO PREPARE: Bring patio furniture inside. Secure any loose items you have outside. Get the rain gear ready... and that's it.


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