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UPDATE 09/11/2017 11:37 a.m.: According to Sequatchie County EMA Director Winfred Smith, area volunteer fire departments will provide shelter to anyone who needs it.
Sept. 11, 2017 – The remnant of Hurricane Irma is expected to impact the Sequatchie Valley over the next two days with winds out of the north-northeast peaking at nearly 30 miles an hour about 9:00 tonight. Rainfall is already into the Chattanooga area, with forecasts showing heavy rainfall in the Dunlap area starting about midday today (Monday).
Expect heavy rain and high winds all day Monday and into the morning on Tuesday, as what remains of the eye of Irma crosses the northern part of Florida and moves across Georgia. The area will experience diminishing rainfall after midnight Tuesday and through Thursday morning.
A wind advisory has been issued for Sequatchie County, in effect from 1 p.m. CDT Monday until 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Expect north to northeasterly winds between 15 and 30 mph, with gusts of 40-50 mph. Windy conditions may down trees, branches, and power lines. Driving high-profile vehicles in these conditions will be difficult.
To prepare for the storm, take a few important measures:
- Make sure livestock and pets have access to adequate shelter.
- Remove any loose-hanging branches that might blow down.
- Secure or bring inside any loose yard items, like lightweight patio furniture, yard tools, pet dishes, and houseplants.
- Make sure flashlights have good batteries, and place these somewhere you can find readily in the dark.
- Put up bottled water -- filling empty jugs, bottles, and jars with tap water is fine.
- Do not start any outdoor fires.
- Have some "easy fixin's" for meals, in case the power goes off -- sandwich materials, cans of baked beans, snacks, cereal, etc.
- Pick up a pack of cards or some other entertainment, in case the power stays off a while.
- Charge cell phones.
- Gas up cars.