The current forecast track of Irma, which has topped out at a devastating Category 5 on its way to the US coast, now takes it up the Florida peninsula into Georgia, then curving northwest between the Columbus area and Atlanta before moving into southern Tennessee.
Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida using free camping and parking at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
High winds and flash flooding are expected in Dekalb and Fulton counties – the two counties that comprise the city of Atlanta – within the next 36 hours. It is expected as a tropical storm over Columbus Monday evening.
If you live in metro Atlanta, expect rain to gradually increase Monday. The warning is expected to remain in effect through Tuesday or Wednesday.
Baker, Ben Hill, Calhoun, Clay, Decatur, Early, Gadsden, Irwin, Lee, Liberty, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell and Turner Counties in North Florida and South Georgia.
Because of the enormous size of the storm, portions of central and north Georgia can expect tropical-force winds beginning late Sunday night.
This scenario would still bring impacts to the Upstate but would keep the worst of the winds and torrential rain to the west. Flooding, wind damage, and isolated tornadoes are still certainly possible here though. “Official National Hurricane Center track has Irma crossing the Lower Florida Keys early this morning”. As of 5:53 a.m. the National Weather Service has issued both tropical storm watches and hurricane watches for North Florida and South Georgia.
5pm-11pm Monday: Right now this looks like the worst of it with heavy rain, continued high winds with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour. During the day Monday, the greatest impacts will be felt with winds increasing to 40 to 50 miles per hour with gusts as high as 70 miles per hour along and east of the center of the storm track. Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.
Hurricane Irma remains a very large storm, almost three times the size of the state of Florida, and meteorologists are now predicting it will make a northwest turn sometime this weekend.
Tropical storm warnings have been extended northward into the state as of Sunday morning, and tropical storm watches now reach all the way northward to the Tennessee state line. Downed trees and power outages are possible with 1-3 inches of rainfall expected.
The weather service in Birmingham said areas along and east of a line from Oneonta to Sylacauga to Montgomery to Troy could see the highest winds in central Alabama.
Irma is expected to be a weakening tropical storm as it moves into southeast Alabama late Monday into Tuesday and could bring high winds across a wide area, as well as heavy rain.