Tropical Storm Force Winds Likely Monday

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Damaged sail boats are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Monday in Key West Florida

Pool via Getty Images Damaged sail boats are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Monday in Key West Florida

Showers are expected in the morning and go down to 30% chance by the afternoon.

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a category 1 hurricane over central Florida and will continue to weaken as it moves northwest.

A high wind watch is in effect for parts of the Midlands, however according the National Weather Service, this watch should be treated as a tropical storm watch. Winds will be slightly breezy from the southwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Tuesday will begin cloudy, but should become sunnier in the afternoon and evening.

As of Monday afternoon, Irma was a tropical storm. However, it will be of little outcome in our area outside of some spotty showers Wednesday and Thursday. Most of the heavier rains will come through Charlotte Monday evening and after midnight Tuesday.

The remnants of Irma look to arrive in our region late Monday into Tuesday.

"We're expecting the strongest winds to be from Nashville southeastward", a NWS meteorologist said.

Media reported crews were out Tuesday morning clearing trees off some roadways and a local electric company was working to restore power to homes.

Tropical storm force winds of up to 35 miles per hour are possible along and east of I-65 Monday night through Tuesday morning, with gusts around 50 miles per hour possible atop the higher elevations, the weather service said. Weather conditions will continue to improve throughout the Carolinas as Tuesday progresses.

The Valley has experienced a relatively dry week over the past several days, so the rain is expected to be rapidly absorbed by the ground in this region.

As of early this morning, a tropical storm warning had been issued by the National Weather Service in east Alabama as far north as Etowah, Blount and Cherokee counties. Harvey brought up to 11 inches of rain and serious flash flooding to Robertson and Davidson counties last week.

Lastly, there is a small threat of a brief tornado southeast of I-85 between now and 2 AM. However, enough wind shear is available that a quick spin up can not be ruled out, but it is highly unlikely that this scenario would occur. By Thursday we really start to dry out again, after Irma drops 2-3 inches of Monday-Wednesday. The clouds and rainfall are expected to give us another cool day, with highs staying in the low 60s to upper 50s.

After Irma is out of the Valley we'll see another pleasant stretch of dry weather into next weekend.

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