GREENSBORO, NC -- The worst of Hurricane Irma will miss the Piedmont to the south, but we will still feel some effects. The WFMY News 2 Weather Team has been tracking Irma all week.
The storm is now headed north towards the Florida peninsula, and then it'll head up into Georgia on Monday. The latest data suggests more of a westerly track after it moves into Georgia. This would mean lower impacts here.
Sunday is when we'll start to see some clouds increase from the south ahead of Irma. With the hurricane in Florida, and high pressure to the north, we'll be caught in the middle. It's likely that our winds will begin to increase a bit throughout the day. Look for gusts to 25 mph possible.
On Monday, we'll start the day dry, staying that way through the afternoon, but clouds will be thickening up and the breeze will increase as well. Rain will start to move in by evening, and will be heavy at times for some. Not everyone will receive rain. Some of the rain bands will pack a punch with gusts up to 35-45 mph possible in our area. Higher gusts up to 50-60 mph will be possible toward the Charlotte area and parts of the NC Mountains.
Areas of rain and breezy winds will really continue Monday night into Tuesday morning. There is a very low threat for a few tornadoes across North Carolina as well as Irma moves by. Rain totals will add up to about 1" to 2". Isolated flooding is possible, but it's not expected to be widespread.
This will be one of the rare instances where our coastal sections will fare better than the mountains when it comes to this hurricane. As Irma makes an inland track, the mountains will be closer to the higher winds and rain. There is a better risk there of flooding and rockslides in that area.
Again, this is an ever changing situation. We have seen the path shift almost every time we check a new computer model run so we will watch and wait.
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