A windy, wet nuisance: Irma works her way across Tennessee

Rain and gusty winds expected as we move into Monday evening, as now Tropical Storm Irma heads north

KNOXVILLE - While now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, Irma's remnants still caused storm woes for many Tennesseans including people living in the Chattanooga area.

The outer fringes of the giant former hurricane whipped rain and winds across the state. Southeast Tennessee and Middle Tennessee appeared to get a stronger blow than Knoxville and the Tri Cities area.

Jefferson County Schools announced they would be closed Tuesday because of anticipated inclement weather.

Scattered power outages were reported in the Chattanooga area, according to WRCB-TV.

Meanwhile, winds and flooding continued to plague Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama, and we are starting to feel the impact in East Tennessee.

By 9 p.m. Monday, some 900,000 Georgians were without power including about 300,000 in the Atlanta area.

At least 42 people have died because of Irma, including an estimated six people in Georgia and at least one person in South Carolina.

We're expecting sustained winds of 20-30 mph possible late Monday and early Tuesday with higher gusts up to 40 mph possible. The highest winds are expected to occur in the mountains where gusts could reach 50 mph, which have already been recorded at Mt. LeConte.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of East Tennessee through 11 a.m. Tuesday.

While widespread damage is not expected, we do anticipate a few trees and power lines could fall, causing some power outages. All loose objects on your property should be secured.

Flooding and heavy rains are possible in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, mostly on the North Carolina side. Many visitor areas were closed to the public on Sunday ahead of the storm.

RELATED: GSMNP officials urge visitors to reschedule ahead of Irma

Potential rainfall amounts in the valley could range from 1 to 2 inches, with the higher amounts down toward Chattanooga.  Higher rainfall amounts in the mountains of 2 to 4 inches are possible, but most of this would likely fall on the North Carolina side.

Any change in the track will of course change these values, either up or down. We will keep you updated as we get closer.

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