Irma to make landfall in Florida Sunday, minor impacts locally

Trevor Jackson
September 10, 2017

But it still could pack enough wind and rain to drench Athens, with possible flooding and gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

Chief Meteorologist John Farley is tracking Hurricane Irma and the potential impact the storm could have on SC, and the Midlands.

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Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane on Friday morning, but that's still a risky storm capable of causing widespread and severe damage.

Though Irma's impacts on the Grand Strand continue to shrink, she is still likely to churn up higher-than-average high tides for the Grand Strand starting Sunday into Monday. Slow-moving Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on some parts of Texas.

In the meantime, hotels in Trussville are being filled up with people fleeing the storm and Birmingham is preparing to take evacuees. "The more data that we can get, or gather north of that region, the better predictions for where that hurricane path will be", Rozanski, explained.

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The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued key messages for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma in the Lehigh Valley, stressing that uncertainty remains as Irma moves closer to landfall in Florida.

"It's important not to look at everything on social media, because there's a lot of insane stuff out there", she said.

The area can expect rain next week, likely Wednesday, the weather service said.

Irma might bring severe weather to Athens, but its effects might also be mild.

This would lead to a little warmer temperatures in the day and overnight, and could allow for a few light, isolated showers to develop as we hit the peak daytime heating.

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