Tropical Storm Irma was still bringing gusty winds, locally heavy rain and storm surges to parts of the Southeastern U.S. on Monday afternoon. Gusty winds were blowing down trees and bringing down power lines in parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Locally heavy rainfall resulted in the issuance of Flood Watches and Warnings for portions of those states. Strong winds were blowing water toward the coast in northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Storm surges caused flooding in Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. The water level at Charleston, South Carolina was higher than it was during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the center of Tropical Storm Irma was located at latitude 31.5°N and longitude 84.0°W which put it about 10 miles (15 km) east of Albany, Georgia. Irma was moving toward the north-northwest at 17 m.p.h. The maximum sustained wind speed was 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 65 m.p.h. (105 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 985 mb.
A Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for the portion of the coast from Altamaha Sound to South Santee River.
The structure of Tropical Storm Irma evolved as it moved further inland. Drier air wrapped around the western side of the circulation. Convergence between a large surface high north of Irma and the tropical storm produced heavy rain northeast of the center of circulation. The heaviest rain fell over Georgia, South Carolina and the western half of North Carolina. The northern edge of the rain shield was moving over Tennessee and southeast Kentucky. The pressure difference between the high and Irma also generated strong winds in the eastern half of Irma’s circulation. Those strong winds pushed water toward the coast in northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The wind caused storm surges of up to 10 feet (3 meters) in some locations. Water was reported in parts of downtown Jacksonville, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.
Tropical Storm Irma will continue to move toward the north-northwest and weaken. The circulation of Irma is very large, and it will take a few more days to spin completely. There could be stronger winds in the high elevations of Appalachian Mountains. Locally heavy rain could also create the potential for floods in some valleys. The storm surges along the coast should gradually subside as the wind speeds decrease.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Jose was moving northward east of the Bahamas. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the center of Hurricane Jose was located at latitude 31.5°N and longitude 84.0°W which put it about 555 miles (895 km) east of Nassau, Bahamas. Jose was moving toward the north at 12 m.p.h. (19 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 120 m.p.h. (195 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 973 mb. Hurricane Jose is forecast to make a slow clockwise loop this week. On it anticipated track Hurricane Jose could still be east of the Bahamas at the end of the week.