CHARLOTTE, NC — Hurricane Irma’s westward shift in forecasts Sunday is good news for North Carolina, and means Charlotte-area schools will be open Monday.
“All schools are on a normal schedule Mon, Sept. 11.” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said on social media Sunday. “We are monitoring the weather closely, & will notify you in conditions warrant a change.”
Hurricane Irma’s westward march Sunday will spare the Carolinas of much of its tropical storm wrath, bringing less than two inches of rain to the Charlotte area. The Queen City region could see, however, wind gusts up to 36 mph on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
All schools are on a normal schedule Mon., Sep. 11. We are monitoring the weather closely, & will notify you if conditions warrant a change. pic.twitter.com/bzs0c7L0Jm— CMS (@CharMeckSchools) September 10, 2017
Even with the westward shift, North Carolina could still see flash flooding, tornadoes and even landslides in the mountain areas as a result of the mega storm.
“Things are looking better for North Carolina but we can’t let our guard down,” N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday afternoon at a press conference.
Irma is “roughly the size of the state of Texas,” Cooper said. “We know that even if North Carolina is spared a direct hit some parts of our state could still see serious impacts, particularly in the Western part of our state. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news in Charlotte — or other neighborhoods. And iPhone users: Check out Patch’s new app.)
According to the National Hurricane Center, Western North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia will experience periods of heavy rain, which will lead to a risk of flooding and flash flooding.
“There’s a chance of direct impacts in portions of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, but it’s too early to specify the magnitude and location of these impacts,” the National Weather Service said.
Cooper, who said Friday the state-wide emergency would stay in effect until the storm passed, has stressed that residents should prepare even as projections had a weakened Irma entering the state well inland early next week.
"This storm can impact any part of North Carolina — all over our state from the mountains to the coast," Cooper said. "Just because that it might be at tropical-storm strength doesn’t mean this storm isn’t going to be very dangerous."
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