Live updates as NBC Charlotte continues to track Irma and its impact on the Carolinas
The First Warn Storm Team is continuing to monitor and track the storm, with up-to-date information here.
Tuesday, September 12
5 a.m. - Irma is downgraded to a post-tropical cycle with maximum sustained winds of 15 mph. The storm is moving north-northwest at 10 mph and is located about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.
3 a.m. - Duke Energy reports over 158,000 outages in the Carolinas. In Mecklenburg County, over 11,000 customers remained without power.
Monday, September 11
11 p.m. - Irma weakens to a tropical depression with maximum sustained wind of 35 mph. The tropical depression is moving northwest at 15 mph and is 95 miles south-southwest of Atlanta.
9:30 p.m. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will open on a two-hour delay Tuesday. Click here for the full list of closings and delays.
8 p.m. - Tropical Storm Irma is carrying maximum sustained wind of 45 mph as it moves north-northwest at 16 mph and is 120 miles south of Atlanta.
7:15 p.m. - CMS announces its schools will be on a normal schedule Tuesday but several local school districts have announced delays ahead of the possible severe weather.
5 p.m. - Tropical Storm Irma is carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as it moves north-northwest at 17 mph. Irma is about 150 miles south of Atlanta.
3:30 p.m. - Duke Energy says over 1,300 customers lost power in south Charlotte.
2:15 p.m. - South Carolina Governor McMaster provides update as Irma impacts the Palmetto State. The Governor said there's been 885 evacuees in South Carolina as of noon. "There's plenty of room," McMaster said.
12 p.m. - The outer bands of Irma begin to affect Charlotte.
11:49 a.m. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools cancel all high school and middle school athletic activities for Monday, September 11, including indoor activities.
11:30 a.m. - Mark Boyle reports live from the battery in Charleston, where wind gusts are measured at 45 mph. High tide is expected within an hour's time as water levels continue to rise along the coast.
10:30 a.m. - Union County Public Schools announced that all after-school and athletic activities for Monday are canceled.
10 a.m. - North Carolina State Parks announce the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed due to high winds in western North Carolina. Chimney Rock and Mt. Mitchel state parks are also closed due to the conditions.
8 a.m. - Irma weakens to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. The center of the storm is located about 105 miles north-northwest of Tampa and is expected to continue to weaken as Irma interacts with land in Florida and Georgia.
5 a.m. - Irma continues to weaken, as the National Hurricane Center reports sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm's center is now about 35 miles east-southeast of Cedar Key, Florida.
2 a.m. - Hurricane Irma weakens to a Category 1 hurricane as the eye is 25 miles northeast of Tampa, Florida.
Sunday, September 10
11 p.m. - Hurricane Irma produces hurricane-force winds across portions of Central Florida, the National Hurricane Center reports. Irma is still listed as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph as it travels north at 14 mph. The hurricane is about 50 miles southeast of Tampa, Fla.
8 p.m. - Irma remains a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds downgrading to 105 mph. The hurricane is traveling north at 14 mph, about 15 miles away from Ft. Myers, Fla.
6:30 p.m. - Several local school districts announced closures for Monday due to the threat of severe weather from the remnants of Hurricane Irma. Click here to see which schools are closed.
5 p.m. - Irma downgrades to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph as it approaches Naples, Fla.
4 p.m - Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Marco Island, Fla., as a Category 3 hurricane.
2 p.m. - Hurricane Irma downgrades to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph but continues to batter South Florida. The National Hurricane Center said the strongest winds are expected in Marco Island and Naples area within the next couple of hours. Irma is about 35 miles south of Naples, Fla.
12 p.m. - The American Red Cross opens a shelter in Greensboro for Hurricane Irma evacuees. Click here for the list of shelters for out-of-state evacuees.
11 a.m. - Hurricane Irma is headed for the southwest Florida coast. The Category 4 hurricane is about 80 miles southeast of Naples, Fla., and 115 miles southeast of Ft. Myers, Fla.
10 a.m. - The 10 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows the hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The storm is moving north northwest at 8 mph. It remains a Category 4 as it moves to make a second landfall near Tampa.
7 a.m. - Northern eyewall of Hurricane Irma hits the Florida Keys
5 a.m.- Hurricane Irma has strengthened back to a Category 4 storm and is about 40 miles southeast of Key West, Fla. Irma is moving northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center reports.
Saturday, September 9
11 p.m. - Hurricane Irma is "taking its time moving away from Cuba," but a life-threatening storm surge is expected in the Florida Keys and the west coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. Irma remains a Category 3 storm and is about 90 miles southeast of Keys West, Fla., with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.
8 p.m. - The National Hurricane Center reports heavy squalls with embedded tornadoes are sweeping across South Florida. Hurricane Irma remains a Category 3 storm and is about 110 miles away from Key West, Fla.
7 p.m. - The American Red Cross opens three additional shelters in North Carolina for out-of-state evacuees. Click here for the locations.
4 p.m. - The American Red Cross will open a shelter for out-of-state Hurricane Irma evacuees in the old J.A. Alexander Middle School on Hambright Road in Huntersville. Click here for more information.
2 p.m. - Hurricane Irma remains a Category 3 storm as it lingers over the north coast of Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.
Noon - The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Category 3 storm Saturday after rolling past Cuba. The storm's track continues to shift west and is expected to touch down in Florida early Sunday.
5 a.m. - Hurricane Irma was downgraded to Category 4 status early Saturday as the storm slammed Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph
Friday, September 8
11 p.m. -- Irma made landfall on Cuba's Camaguey Archipelago as a Category 5 hurricane. Irma is the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1924.
7:45 p.m. -- In a press conference Friday night, Governor McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of barrier islands in three counties in preparation for Irma. Colleton County, Beaufort County, and Jasper County's barrier islands are to be evacuated effective 10 a.m. ahead of the storm. McMaster also warned of a possible storm surge on the Carolina coast of 4-8 feet.
2:30 p.m. -- South Carolina Governor McMaster updates residents on their most recent emergency efforts as Hurricane Irma makes its way towards the U.S. McMaster said there are about 65,000 travelers on South Carolina roadways. He also rescinded an executive order for healthcare facilities to evacuate in certain counties.
2 p.m. -- Hurricane Irma remained a Category 4 storm in the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. advisory. Irma's sustained winds were 155 mph moving west at 14 mph. As of 2 p.m. Irma was 380 miles southeast of Miami.
11 a.m. -- The National Hurricane Center downgraded Irma to a Category 4 storm Friday. They said Irma is "extremely dangerous" and they expect Irma to continue to maintain Category 4 status. "Only unpredictable eyewall replacement cycles could result in intensity fluctuations during the next 48 hours."
8 a.m. - Hurricane Irma remains a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning.
5 a.m. - Hurricane Irma downgraded to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph. Gusts are measured at 190 mph as the eye of Irma sits 495 miles southeast of Miami. The storm remains extremely dangerous and is expected to have a major impact on south Florida.
Thursday, September 7
11 p.m. - The track continues to slide to the west a bit more especially as the storm moves north into Georgia and then into Tennessee. This is slowly reducing the biggest threats for North Carolina and the Charlotte area. Still wind and rain, but those threats are decreasing the more the core of the storm moves west.
8 p.m. - New locations show Hurricane Irma sustaining winds of 175 mph, but a slightly increased pressure from 918 to 921mb, indicating very small signs that the storm may be beginning to fluctuate in strength or weaken. New information on the path of the storm is expected at 11 p.m. EST.
5 p.m. - National Hurricane Center's latest projection shows a significant change in the storm's track, showing a more west-bound path over the Carolinas after the storm makes landfall. The storm remains a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph.
2:30 p.m. - South Carolina Governor McMaster said mandatory evacuations in the state could be issued and begin Saturday morning unless the forecast for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma changes. If the order is issued, it would go into place 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
2 p.m. - There was no change in the 2 p.m. Thursday advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Irma's maximum sustained winds remain at 175 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at around 16 mph with the eye of the hurricane sitting approximately 65 miles east-northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Noon - Gov. Roy Cooper holds a news conference saying he declared a state of emergency due to Irma impacts expected from the coast to the mountains. Staff from FEMA will be in NC this weekend to prepare for recovery as well as rescue. Resources sent to Texas to help with Harvey will be brought back to NC. DOT work and lane closures will stop at 7 p.m. Friday in an effort to help those who need to evacuate.
11 a.m. - As of the 11 a.m. Thursday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Irma's maximum sustained winds were at 175 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at around 16 mph with the eye of the hurricane sitting approximately 75 miles east-northeast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
8 a.m. - North Carolina is officially under a State of Emergency
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