As of the 11a et update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma was moving north at 9 mph. It had sustained winds of 130 mph. The eye of the storm remained in open water between Key West and Naples, Florida. The eye could make a landfall along the west coast of Florida later Sunday or Monday.
By Monday morning, the storm is expected to turn northwest towards Tallahassee, Florida, where another landfall could occur. As a tropical storm, Irma is expected to head towards Columbus, Georgia by Monday night. Residents from Montgomery, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia should expect tropical storm force conditions.
Back across the Carolinas, residents living along the coast of South Carolina between Georgia and Charleston are under a Tropical Storm Warning. Strong winds of over 40 mph, combined with heavy rain and tidal conditions, could cause storm surge flooding along the coast.
A High Wind Watch will be in effect for upstate South Carolina, including Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg, along with portions of western North Carolina Monday night into Tuesday. The outer reaches of Irma could bring rain and wind to those locations.