Tracking Irma – Monday night update

Satellite and radar image of Irma current as of 9:30 pm 9/11

As Irma moves farther north over the next couple of days, rain chances increase in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

At present, as of this posting, what’s now known as Tropical Storm Irma is centered 55 miles to the southeast of Columbus, GA, producing 45 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 65 mph.  The storm is moving to the NNW at 16 mph.  Rainfall from the storm extends as far north as Kentucky and West Virginia.  While the core energy of what remains of Irma will be in Kentucky on Tuesday, still hundreds of miles away from us here in NE IN and NW OH, some scattered showers are possible in our area, mainly late in the day.

The best chance at rain this week comes on Wednesday as the remnants move even closer and take a turn to the northeast.  While this rain potential will exist all day long, there will be many times when it won’t be raining and local rainfall accumulations, overall, are not expected to be all that impressive – less than 1″.

While Irma continues to weaken, it remains a significant weather threat to many spots across the southeast.  Additional flooding, tornadoes, and storm surge damage are still possible in some areas.  No such significant threats are forecast for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio in the upcoming days.  Click here for the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center.

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