Irma: Forecasted weather conditions for Metro Atlanta

Hurricane Irma made U.S. landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning. Parts of Metro Atlanta remain under a Tropical Storm Warning, while areas of South Georgia are covered by a Hurricane Warning. As the storm continues to move north, residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas should keep the following forecasted conditions in mind as they prepare for Irma.



TONIGHT: Winds gusts will continue to increase and could become as high as 40mph. Most areas will remain dry, but south of I-20 could get some light rain late tonight into early Monday.

MONDAY MORNING: More bands of rain continue to pump into the area, but still on the lighter side. Sustained winds will be in the 20-30 mph range and gusting to 40mph+ 


MONDAY MIDDAY: Heavier rain moves into the area and this is where the concern for flash flooding will really start to accelerate. Winds will be sustained 35-45mph and gusting to 50mph+ 


MONDAY AFTERNOON: This is when to expect the worst impacts from Hurricane Irma. Models have been very consistent with Metro Atlanta having the strongest winds during this time 35-45 G65mph+ and the heaviest rain 2”-7”. Due to all the spin in the atmosphere, we can’t rule out a brief spin up tornado in a few areas.

MONDAY EVENING: We will start to gradually see the winds become less fierce, but still in the 30-40mph rain and gusting 60mph+ and the rain will start to retreat as well. 

MONDAY NIGHT: Still windy and gusts with lingering showers.

5 Key takeaways:

  1. Before going to bed make sure ALL outdoor objects are secure. This includes outdoor furniture, flower pots, toys and basketball hoops that have wheels, etc.
  2. The greatest threat for a brief spin up tornado will be between 12-11 p.m. on Monday.
  3. Some of the strongest winds gusts will be between 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  4. The greatest risk for flash flooding will be between 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  5. Have a disaster plan in place just so your family can react to the latest watches and warnings in an organized manner.


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