Hurricane Irma

Governors Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Henry McMaster of South Carolina have both declared a state of emergency so state and local officials can better prepare for Hurricane Irma. Latest storm updates and resources can be found here. 

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Updated 2:50 p.m.
Tropical Storm Irma is bringing closings and cancellations around the region, from school districts in western North Carolina and South Carolina to flights at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  Here’s a partial list, which we’ll update as new listings arrive: 

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Updated 2:58 p.m. 9/11/2017

Charlotte will be spared from the brunt of Hurricane Irma, but the area will still likely get rain and wind as the storm moves farther west over Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Over the next two days, it will be windy and rainy. The National Weather Service is forecasting 2-4 inches of rain starting Monday afternoon through Tuesday. And it predicts sustained winds around 25-35 mph.

 Updated 7:50 p.m.

Hurricane Irma now has a westward path, but it will still have some effects on the Charlotte area with winds of 25-35 mph. One new development is the possibility of isolated tornadoes, says WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich.

"Monday afternoon and into the evening, especially down in the south areas of Charlotte and upstate of South Carolina, we might see some isolated tornadoes. It's something to keep an eye on Monday afternoon," Panovich says.

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Updated 5:35 p.m.

While Hurricane Irma’s expected effect on the Charlotte area has weakened, the region will still likely receive winds of 25-35 mph. Tropical storm-force wind gusts of 40 mph are also likely, says WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich.

When crisis strikes, leaders often call for sacrifice. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and in these days before Hurricane Irma churns ashore in Florida, we've seen innumerable Americans volunteer, sacrifice and even risk their lives to help others.

It might be too easy to contrast that generous spirit with the strict practices of major air carriers. But airlines make it pretty much irresistible.

Carlos Calvillo and more than 70 other members of the Los Angeles Fire Department were on their way home when they got the call.

After almost two exhausting weeks of water rescues, home inspections and cleanup in flood-ravaged southeastern Texas, as part of a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, they were getting deployed again — this time ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Updated at 6 a.m. ET Saturday

Hurricane Irma is again a Category 4 storm as it slowly moves along the Cuban coast. The storm made landfall on the Camaguey archipelago of Cuba late Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the hurricane's center was just off the northern coast near central Cuba. The report puts Irma's traveling speed at 12 mph, about 245 miles south-southeast of Miami.

About 5.6 million people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate; forecasters expect the hurricane to hit Florida early Sunday morning.

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As Hurricane Irma makes its way closer to the Carolinas, there's one question on everyone's mind: How bad will this storm actually be? WCNC-TV Meteorologist Brad Panovich lays out what the Charlotte region can expect.

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