Expect Irma To Bring 40 MPH Wind Gusts To Charlotte Area
Updated 5:35 p.m.
While Hurricane Irma’s expected effect on the Charlotte area has weakened, the region will still likely receive winds of 25-35 mph. Tropical storm-force wind gusts of 40 mph are also likely, says WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich.
He says to expect 2-4 inches of rain, beginning Monday afternoon, with the peak coming late Monday night through early Tuesday morning. He recommends to prepare for Hurricane Irma as if it's an ice storms that poses threats to power lines.
"Think about things you might need to do if you run out of power for a day or two, or you lose cervices like cell service or internet. Those are the primary concerns we have in the Charlotte area."
Meanwhile, an emergency shelter opened Saturday evening in Huntersville, at the old JM Alexander Middle School, to accommodate out-of-state residents fleeing the storm. The cities of Charlotte and Huntersville are working with the American Red Cross and other agencies to run the shelter.
Watch N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper's hurricane update:
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper urged residents throughout the region to remain cautious, noting that any shift in the storm can have a big impact on the state.
"While we expect the greatest impacts in the mountains and along the South Carolina border, all regions of North Carolina and will see wind and some rain."
State emergency officials are also preparing for evacuees from the South.
Beginning Sunday morning, Cooper says "our National Guard partners will begin staging crews in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Asheville."
He said they will be involved in debris removal, shelter operations, and distributing supplies.
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon says additional motor assistance crews will be stationed along Interstates 77, 26, and 95 to help with "mobility challenges" that comes from residents fleeing Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
As Hurricane Irma moves north with possible effects on the Carolinas, WFAE has compiled this information to help you prepare. For the most up-to-date information for your specific location install these apps from FEMA and ReadyNC on your mobile phones.
Here's a live dashboard of hurricane-related information coming from first responders, government agencies, local news outlets, elected officials and more in real-time about the hurricane and its impact.
Use the following resources from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to check road conditions in your area, your flood risk and more:
Additional N.C. Resources
Red Cross shelter map
South Carolina Resources