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The latest on Irma’s local impact: High wind warning, flash flood watch for Aiken County

September 11, 2017

A high wind warning and a flash flood watch are scheduled to take effect at 8 o’clock this morning in the Aiken area and continue through 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Locally, it is breezy, and there is a light rain as a weakening Hurricane Irma continues to move northward in Florida as a Category 1 storm while heading toward the state’s eastern Panhandle and southern Georgia.

Sustained winds of 26 to 36 miles per hour are expected today in this part of South Carolina, with gusts up to 55, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. Gusts near 40 miles per hour are predicted before 9 a.m. in the CSRA.

Tonight winds will be 27 to 32 miles per hour, and they will decrease to 15 to 20 miles per hour after midnight. Gusts could be as high as 48 miles per hour.

Two to three inches of rain are possible during the day. There might be two to three more inches tonight.

The high temperature will be near 73 degrees. Tonight’s low will be close to 66 degrees.

LOCAL CLOSURES

City of Aiken offices are open Monday, and a City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

There won’t be any City of Aiken garbage, recycling and yard waste pickups Monday. All of those services will be delayed one day this week.

City of North Augusta offices are open Monday.

Aiken County government offices and drop-off centers are closed Monday.

Edgefield County government offices and the Town of Johnston’s offices are closed Monday.

There are no classes Monday at public schools in Aiken and Edgefield counties. The schools in both counties are expected to reopen Tuesday with a two-hour delay in their schedules.

No classes are being held Monday and Tuesday at USC Aiken. The school’s offices are closed Monday.

Aiken Technical College is closed Monday.

The Savannah River Site is closed to non-essential personnel Monday.