Irma will likely make its second landfall in the Lowcountry. Hurricane conditions expected in Williston and surrounding areas Monday night.
Looks like the absolutely worst possible outcome will come to fruition.
On Monday night, either Bryan, Chatham or Liberty County in Georgia, or Jasper or Beaufort County in South Carolina, will experience Hurricane Irma’s second landfall. From there, the storm is expected to head northwest or north-northwest – cutting into much of the eastern half of the Aiken area. Irma will not be downgraded to a tropical storm until it is north of Asheville, long out of Georgia and South Carolina.
What that means is that Hurricane Watches and Warnings, as well as Inland Tropical Storm Warnings, will be necessary beginning Saturday night.
Hurricane Watches will be needed in portions of Central Georgia, primarily along the US 25 corridor. Burke and Augusta-Richmond counties in Central Georgia, and Bulloch and Jenkins counties in the Lowcountry of Georgia, are likely to be in such a watch. Columbia and Lincoln counties, also in Central Georgia but not along US 25, could also be added to such a watch. McCormick County is the only Central Savannah River Area of South Carolina county locally that will be under a hurricane watch.
The rest of the CSRA counties – that is Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, Hampton and Orangeburg – will be under a Hurricane Warning. Screven County, an Aiken area county in the Lowcountry of Georgia, will also likely be under a Hurricane Warning.
The rest of the Central Georgia counties not mentioned will be under an Inland Tropical Storm Warning.
The impacts are expected to start Monday after 19:00 EDT, about the time of the second Irma landfall on the US mainland.
In Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Screven counties, winds on Monday are forecast to be 23-35 mph gusting to 60 mph during the day, increasing to 77-91 mph gusting to 110 mph during the evening into early Tuesday afternoon.
In Aiken, Edgefield and Orangeburg counties, winds on Monday are forecast to be 23-35 mph gusting to 50 mph during the day, increasing to 74-84 mph gusting to 100 mph during the evening into early Tuesday afternoon.
In Bulloch, Burke, Columbia, Jenkins and Augusta-Richmond counties, winds on Monday are forecast to be 18-32 mph gusting to 45 mph during the day, increasing to 58-68 mph with gusts as high as 80 mph during the evening into early Tuesday afternoon.
In Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McCormick, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties, winds on Monday are forecast to be 15-35 mph gusting to 60 mph during the whole event through early Tuesday morning.
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