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Irma’s winds came close to hurricane strength in the NC mountains

Wind gusts from the remains of Hurricane Irma reached 83 mph this week.
Wind gusts from the remains of Hurricane Irma reached 83 mph this week. ROBERT MILLER

What was left of Hurricane Irma whipped up wind gusts that reached 83 mph on Mount Mitchell, North Carolina’s State Climate Office reports.

That’s not hurricane strength, but sustained speeds on Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the East, still reached 65 mph as the storm passed through the region Monday and Tuesday.

Sustained winds must be 74 to 95 mph to be considered a Category 1 hurricane.

Charlotte’s airport recorded 45 mph gusts.

Duke Energy reported more than 16,000 outages remaining Thursday, most of those in the North Carolina mountains and South Carolina’s Upstate.

While the Piedmont got 1 to 2 inches of rain from Irma, parts of the mountains got 4 to 6 inches. Bearwallow Mountain south of Asheville and part of Yancey County both had more than 7 inches.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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