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Irma not quite a no-show in Cornelius; same with fuels

BP at 7:30 am Sunday

Sept. 10. By Dave Yochum. Hurricane Irma ​is over the Florida Keys right now, forecast to head up the left coast and considerably more inland than originally thought. The National Weather ​Service says rain and breezy conditions are still expected in ​Cornelius from around noon Monday until ​about mid-day Tuesday.

It looks like Diesel fuel is running low in Cornelius; at 7:30 am it was out at Cashion’s and Circle K on Catawba. Circle K received a delivery of regular fuels this morning. Cashion’s on Catawba is out of mid-grade and premium gasoline, as is the BP station on Hwy 21 at Westmoreland (pictured above).

Out of mid-grade and premium at Cashion’s

I​rma is likely to track north through Georgia and then into Tennessee. ​D​amaging wind gusts ​are more likely in the western N​C​ mountains,​ less so in Charlotte.

Showers​ arrive in Cornelius​, mainly after 10​ ​am​, according to the National Weather Service​. Winds will be 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch ​are ​possible.​ Winds will pick up Monday night—20 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch​ are forecast​.

On Tuesday​ expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11​ ​am, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. ​Look for e​ast wind​s, from​ 9​ mph​ to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

​The forecast for Wednesday is ​for a sunny, nice day, with a high around 78 degrees.

Gov. Roy Cooper said North Carolina residents should be prepared for heavy weather even though Irma will likely deal us a glancing blow.

“We’re continuing to take preparing for this storm seriously, and we’re tracking forecasts closely,” Cooper said. “I’m asking families and businesses across the state to do the same: make sure you’re ready for whatever Irma brings, and stay tuned to your local weather and news.”

While the latest forecast continues to indicate a northwestward track for Hurricane Irma, there is still the potential for severe weather across the state. Dangerous surf and rip currents will continue through the next several days along the entire coast. Heavy rain, flash flooding (especially in low-lying areas) and landslides may occur in the mountains. Scattered power outages are possible anywhere across the state Monday and Tuesday.

Any shift in Irma’s track could mean changes in impacts for North Carolina, and state officials are continuing to stay in contact with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated and operations will continue as long as needed. The North Carolina National Guard will begin staging crews in Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville on Sunday in preparation to support storm response activities if needed, including debris removal, shelter operations, and delivering and distributing supplies.

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