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FIRST ALERT: Irma weakens to a tropical depression, NHC closes book on brutal storm

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Your First Alert Weather Team is closely watching the track of Tropical Depression Irma after the storm slammed into the southwest Florida coast.

As of the 11 p.m. Monday update, Irma's sustained winds have weakened to a tropical depression to 35 MPH with higher gusts as it travels northwest at 15 MPH as it moved out of western Georgia.  

The National Hurricane Center also said the 11 p.m. update would be the last public advisory for Irma. 

"Irma was located near latitude 32.4 North, longitude 84.9 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion at a slightly slower speed is expected through Monday. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast Monday night. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move into Alabama soon and then into western Tennessee by Monday evening," the NHC says. "Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Monday evening. The low is likely to dissipate by Tuesday evening."

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Flooding will be possible in urban areas and along our creeks, rivers, and streams.  We don't expect Irma to linger over the area for several days. 

Watches and warnings have already been issued in parts of the state. Aiken, Barnwell, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Orangeburg counties were under a High Wind Advisory until 2 a.m. Tuesday. Some of the more southern and eastern counties such as Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, and Orangeburg were under a Flash Flood Watch until 2 a.m. Tuesday. 

As always, you can follow along with us on Irma coverage through the WIS First Alert Weather app!

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