09/08/17 — Hurricane Irma continues shift to the west

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Hurricane Irma continues shift to the west

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 8, 2017 8:50 AM

The threat from Hurricane Irma continues to shift to the west, possibly sparing central and eastern North Carolina.

However, track errors at four days in advance are almost 200 miles and a shift back to the east remains possible.

Western North Carolina should expect several inches of rain. Rainfall amounts between 1 and 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, are expected in central North Carolina.

The rain would arrive Monday and end by late Tuesday.

Inland and river flooding remain possible.

If tropical winds were to occur,  the timing of the onset would most likely be on Monday, from south to north.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, the storm was located 495 miles southeast of Miami. The winds continue to drop and were at 155 mph, down from a high of 185.

It is moving westnorthwest at 16 mph.

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall on the Florida Keys around 2 a.m. Sunday and travel up the Florida peninsula.

The center of the uncertainty cone takes Irma to near Atlanta, Georgia by 2 a.m. Tuesday as a tropical storm and into central Tennessee as a tropical depression by 2 a.m. Wednesday

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