09/12/17 — Wind gusts, rain likely as remains of Irma move through

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Wind gusts, rain likely as remains of Irma move through

By Steve Herring
Published in News on September 12, 2017 5:50 AM

There is a light chance of weak tornadic winds between daybreak through about 10 a.m. today as a front works its way across the area.

That front and the remains of a hurricane -- now Tropical Storm Irma -- brought rain and gusty winds to the area Monday.

Those conditions will continue through today.

Up to an inch of rain or slightly more could fall in Wayne County -- not enough to be a flood threat, said Mike Moneypenny, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the Neuse River was at 5 feet. It is expected to reach 5.8 feet by early Thursday morning -- well below the 18-foot flood stage.

Today's forecast is for showers and thunderstorms with a high near 82 degrees with a southeast wind of 11 to 15 mph. Gusts as high as 28 mph are possible.

Also, showers are likely mainly before 8 p.m. today with light and variable winds after midnight.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Irma had winds of 60 mph and continued to weaken as it moved out of the Florida panhandle and into southwest Georgia.

The storm was moving north-northwest and was expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression this morning as it moved into north-central Alabama.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose continues to spin in the south Atlantic north of Puerto Rico.

It had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was moving north at 9 mph as of Monday afternoon.

The center track in the cone of uncertainty is forecast to be northeast of the Bahamas by 8 a.m. Saturday.