Irma downgraded to a tropical storm, no threat to South MS.

Irma downgraded to a tropical storm, no threat to South MS.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm this morning as it continues tracking north/northwest over north Florida and southern Georgia. 

The National Hurricane Center forecast track has Irma moving into north-central Alabama by Tuesday morning, then becoming a remnant low over Tennessee by Wednesday.

Irma is not expected to bring any significant impacts to south Mississippi this week. 

What we can expect are breezy north winds to develop and stick around through Wednesday. Generally, 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Because south Mississippi will be on the left side of the center of circulation, the winds will come from over land. That means we will not see an endless fetch of moisture from over the ocean like on the right side, limiting our chance for heavy rain and storms.

Could a rain band pass through? Sure. Will it be anything severe? Not likely.

Seas will be rough to choppy for the next few days and those shorelines that face north and east could see tides 1-2 feet higher than normal.

Eric Jeansonne
WLOX Meteorologist

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