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What can counties near Charlotte expect from Irma?

Areas to the west of Hurricane Irma’s track are in line for the heaviest rain and strongest winds from what will be a tropical storm at the time, and a high wind watch covers areas as close as Cleveland County.

“Irma will pass well west of the area but has a very long reach,” meteorologist Justin Lane, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said Sunday.

Clouds from Irma spread across the region Sunday. Rain from the system will move from south to north Monday, probably reaching Charlotte in the midday hours, forecasters said.

Gusty winds are expected Monday and Monday night, and forecasters said the winds will be stronger than usual for a dying tropical storm, because of the interaction between Irma and a high pressure system over New England.

Here is a county-by-county look at what areas near Charlotte can expect Monday and Tuesday from Irma, according to the weather service:

ANSON

Rain: Beginning in the early afternoon, intensifying in the evening, and ending Tuesday morning. About 1.5 inches expected, with additional thunderstorms possible Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Tornado threat: A few tornadoes possible late Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon, but the threat is considered low.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

ALEXANDER

Rain: Showers begin in the early afternoon, with rain becoming steady in the evening and ending Tuesday morning. Rainfall could total 2 to 2.5 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Low threat.

Power outages: Some outages possible, due to wet ground and Monday night’s winds.

BURKE

Rain: Showers arrive in the afternoon, with heavy rain possible at night and Tuesday morning, especially in higher elevations. From 1.5 to 3 inches possible.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 50 or 55 mph Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Moderate outages possible, especially Monday night and Tuesday morning.

CABARRUS

Rain: Showers arrive around midday Monday. Steady rain Monday night, ending late Tuesday morning. About 1.5 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Low threat late Monday night and early Tuesday.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

CALDWELL

Rain: Showers in the afternoon, with a steady rain and possible thunderstorms at night and Tuesday morning. Heavy rain is possible in higher elevations, with a threat of localized flash flooding. Rainfall will range from 1.5 to 3 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 25 to 35 mph and 50 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Moderate threat Monday night and Tuesday morning.

CATAWBA

Rain: Showers by early afternoon Monday, with rain becoming steadier in the evening and ending Tuesday morning. From 1.5 to 2 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

CLEVELAND

Rain: Showers arrive around midday Monday, becoming steadier Monday evening. A few thunderstorms with heavy rain possible overnight. Between 2 and 3 inches possible, with some localized flash flooding.

Winds: High wind watch posted. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 50 mph Monday night.

Tornado threat: Low threat.

Power outages: Moderate problems possible Monday night and early Tuesday.

GASTON

Rain: Arrives by midday, becoming steady by late afternoon. Some heavy rain possible Monday night. Total of 1.75 to 2.5 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: A few tornadoes possible late Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon, but the threat is considered low.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

IREDELL

Rain: Showers by early Monday afternoon, with steadier rain overnight, ending Tuesday morning. Total of 1.25 to 1.75 inches, with heavier amounts near Mooresville.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

LINCOLN

Rain: Arrives by midday, possibly heavy at times Monday night, especially in western Lincoln County. Total of 1.75 to 2.5 inches forecast.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 50 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: Low threat.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

ROWAN

Rain: Showers arrive by mid-afternoon, with off-and- on rain Monday night and Tuesday morning. About 1 to 1.5 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 mph gusts possible Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: No problems expected.

RUTHERFORD

Rain: Arrives around midday, with rain and heavy thunderstorms Monday night and Tuesday morning. Flash flood watch posted. Total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches.

Winds: High Wind Watch posted. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 25 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Moderate problems expected.

STANLY

Rain: Showers by early afternoon, with off-and- on rain Monday night and Tuesday morning. Total rainfall of 1.5 to 2 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 35 to 40 mph possible Monday night.

Tornado threat: Low threat.

Power outages: Problems not expected.

WATAUGA

Rain: Showers by early afternoon, with steady rain Monday night and Tuesday morning. Some heavy rain possible. Total of 2 to 4 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph Monday night.

Tornado threat: Very low.

Power outages: Moderate problems possible Monday night.

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C.

Rain: Showers by mid-morning, with a steady rain Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Thunderstorms with heavy rain also possible. Total rainfall of 1.5 to 2 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph Monday night.

Tornado threat: Elevated risk, especially Monday evening and night.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C.

Rain: Steady rain arrives by late morning and continues into Tuesday morning. Total of 1.5 inches expected.

Winds: Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: A few tornadoes are possible late Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C.

Rain: Arriving by late morning, with steady rain and possible thunderstorms Monday night. Total of 1.5 to 2.5 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: A few tornadoes possible late Monday night and early Tuesday.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

YORK COUNTY, S.C.

Rain: Showers by late morning, becoming a steadier rain in the afternoon. Thunderstorms could drop locally heavy rain, with a storm total of 1.75 to 2.75 inches.

Winds: Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Monday, increasing to 20 to 30 mph with 45 to 50 mph gusts Monday night.

Tornado threat: A few tornadoes are possible late Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon, but the threat is considered low.

Power outages: Major problems not expected.

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