Irma's path becomes clearer, impact expected in central NC

Shawn Sullivan Airbnb’s public policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean
Shawn Sullivan Airbnb’s public policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean
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10 September, 2017

That's due to evacuees from states to the south in the direct path of Irma.

"Once the storm starts, law enforcement can not save you", Scott said at a news conference in Sarasota.

The NHC's long range forecast for Jose calls for it to continue moving northwest, weakening back to a non-major hurricane sometime Saturday into early Sunday.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center lessens the impact of the storm for much of North Carolina. There remains an outside chance that Irma could move along a more easterly track.

Rain is expected to start falling in the region Monday, with more than 3 inches forecast to fall in Asheville according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane-force winds whipped the Florida Keys, closed Tampa Bay's Skyway Bridge and blew through a largely empty Miami Saturday at the leading edge of the storm.

"Once it gets over land, it will weaken quite a bit wind-wise", Fishel said, "but Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee will still get quite a bit of rain before it's all over".

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"We still need to be prepared", Cooper said Friday, adding that emergency crews will continue to be ready for whatever the storm may deliver.

"The key at this point is to remain vigilant and follow the news", she said.

McDaniel said the city also began releasing water from the North Fork Dam last week in anticipation of heavy rainfall.

As of this morning's reports, we still anticipate at least the possibility of getting 1-4 inches of rain (depending on the storm's actual pathway), so be sure to think about potential flooding as we go through the weekend and into next week.

"Western Carolina University Emergency Services has been monitoring Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on the university", WCU Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar said in a statement Thursday.

"If Hurricane Irma were to affect Western Carolina University, we will follow the University's Adverse Weather Policy (Policy # 41) to make determinations on class and work schedules".

Irma made landfall in the Caribbean on Wednesday, causing significant damage on several islands and leaving half of Puerto Rico without power. At this point, there is no plan to suspend classes unless there is an imminent threat to the safety of students, staff, and faculty on campus.All updates will be posted to the WCU Weather-Related Announcements website at: "http://news-prod.wcu.edu/weather-announcements/".


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