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LATEST Irma track continues to bring heavy rain and wind locally

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The latest track of Irma take it into Florida as a major hurricane on Sunday, likely as either a category 4 or 5 then moves it north into Georgia for Monday. Impacts in the Upstate would begin around Monday morning, and last through Tuesday morning before slowly winding down.

Evacuations have been ordered for South Carolina barrier islands including Hilton Head and Fripp Islands for 3 to 6 foot storm surge and strong winds late Sunday into Monday.. 

Hurricane Watches have been issued for Hilton Head and surrounding areas and Tropical Storm Warnings for Charleston and surrounding areas.

Saturday morning’s latest on Hurricane Irma shows a major hurricane continuing to move along the northern coast of Cuba, and is set to start bringing heavy rain and increasing wind to South Florida throughout the day.

It will make landfall there late tonight/early Sunday morning likely as a category 4 storm with 130+ mph wind and 6+ foot storm surge. It will continue to move up the Florida Peninsula Sunday and move into the Georgia mainland on Monday.

This is when the Upstate and mountains will begin to feel impacts from what will likely then be Tropical Storm Irma.

Monday morning will contain a few showers and a brisk breeze, but Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning will be the most active period.

Wind gusts over 60 miles per hour, up to 6 inches of rain and isolated tornadoes are possible during this time, which will then give way to quieter conditions by the end of the day Tuesday.

Wednesday will be much drier, but showers will move back in Thursday and Friday as what’s left of Irma tracks back eastward across the southeast.

In the meantime, this weekend will be nice, breezy at times, but sunny with highs in the middle to upper 70s and northeast winds at 5-15 mph gusting upwards of 20 miles per hour.

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