Irma's path becomes clearer, impact expected in central NC

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National Guard deploys to Florida

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Earlier today, Governor Roy Cooper placed North Carolina under a state of emergency, activating the National Guard, and urging residents to prepare for the worst in regard to Hurricane Irma's path.

The Atlantic Ocean mad history Friday night when it recorded two storms with winds clocked at more than 150 miles an hour - Irma and Jose.

The animation above shows an experimental forecast for storm surge from the National Weather Service. "5" Hurricane Andrew battered Florida then passed into the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall again in Louisiana before moving inland to finally fizzle out over East Tennessee. "The more data that we can get, or gather north of that region, the better predictions for where that hurricane path will be", Rozanski, explained. Isolated flooding is possible, but it's not expected to be widespread.

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It is very important to keep in mind that uncertainties in the experimental forecast mean that the actual areas that will experience life-threatening inundation may differ from the areas shown in the animation.

The worst of Hurricane Irma will miss the Piedmont to the south, but we will still feel some effects. "Just as we did in Texas, members of the Nebraska National Guard stand ready and able to do what we have always done, support our fellow Americans during times of natural disaster". "This one will be devastating to someone", says Mike Griffin, a meteorologist with the Springfield, Mo., NWS office.

Irma is the second catastrophic hurricane to strike the continental USA this season. Trees falling or large limbs breaking off are not uncommon occurrences during windy conditions.

The National Weather Service operates a Facebook page where it typically provides insightful weather information. Irma looks to near our area late Sunday into Monday.

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