How will Hurricane Irma impact East Tennessee?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The remnants of Irma are expected to impact Tennessee late Monday and into Tuesday, according to the WATE 6 Storm Team.

Meteorologist Ken Weathers said the Western North Carolina edge of the park is likely to get more rain than East Tennessee. Out of an abundance of caution the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has closed portions of the park.

“We’re likely to see a couple of inches of rain, but some bands could produce higher totals that could lead to some isolated flooding,” said Ken Weathers. “Winds will be the biggest concern.”

Ken Weathers says wind will be stronger at higher elevations. He says areas around 6,000 feet, such as Mt. LeConte, could see winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Lower elevations could see between wind speeds between 30 and 50 miles per hour.

“By the time the remnants of Irma get to East Tennessee it will be dramatically weaker than what is now,” says Ken Weathers. “It is more likely to downgrade to a tropical depression by the time it makes it to East Tennessee.

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