After days of anticipation for Hurricane Irma, the monster storm is making landfall today. The Florida keys got hit first, with Irma continuing to churn along the western coastline of Florida near Naples and Fort Myers Beach. Irma is expected to weaken to a Category 3 storm by the time it reaches Tampa. The shift of the storm has also shifted to the west a little bit, snaking a path through Alabama and into west Tennessee.
Despite the shift, Middle Tennessee will still see rain from this storm. By the time it reaches us, it will not be anywhere close to hurricane strength, but will still bring us heavy rain, some thunderstorms, and strong wind gusts.
On Monday, the first of the rain will move in in the evening hours, mainly for folks east of I-65 and along the Cumberland Plateau. The storm will move in from the southeast and stay on a patch tracking into west Tennessee.
Tuesday is the big weather day with the most widespread rain. Some storms could be strong and we can’t completely rule out any isolated flash flooding. By Wednesday morning, we could see up to 3 inches of rain. The majority of us will see about 1.5″-2.5″ of rain.
The rain will hang around on Wednesday and Thursday, but move out just in time for the weekend. By Friday, we’ll be back in the 80’s and have sunny skies, just in time for the weekend 🙂