Return to Sun…Tracking Irma

After a spectacular Labor Day weekend, it was a wet Tuesday as most of us headed back to work. So much rain fell, a few Flood Advisories were issued. That heavy rain has moved out now.


There may be a few lingering showers tonight and a few tomorrow afternoon.

Middle Tennessee weather story quickly returns to sunshine and unseasonably cool weather.  That’s right the front that moved through today is leaving behind some cooler and drier air.  Expect morning lows in the 50s and afternoon highs in the 70s.  It will feel a lot like fall.


Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma has become one of the most powerful hurricanes in history. It’s only the 5th Atlantic hurricanes with winds to reach 185 mph or greater.  The others were Allen (1980), the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005).


This is Category 5 status, to put that in perspective, the threshold for a cat 5 is 157 mph. So it is a very powerful storm.

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As of the latest update Irma still has 185 mph winds and is moving west 15 mph. This will bring the center of circulation very close to Puerto Rico tomorrow. Here is the latest track as it moves toward the United States. If it does move over Cuba, the higher terrain could weaken the storm.  The current track does bring it to Florida.  There is still uncertainty as to the exact track.  So don’t focus on the skinny line.  Keep in mind the storm could go to the right in the cone or left.


We could receive rain from Irma by Tuesday, but it is still far away and much could change.

I’ll have the latest on our forecast on News 4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer


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Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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