The First Alert Weather team has been monitoring the tropics closely over the past week, starting with the formation of Irma moving over the west African coast last Monday.
As of Monday morning, Irma has downgraded to a tropical storm.
The storm has major several major impacts on the Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles, and now across the Florida peninsula. The category 2 storm has moved onshore near Marco Island, Florida, bringing with it wind, rain and an increasing threat from storm surge.
Tuesday expect Irma to show her face in the Magnolia State. She will keep clouds around for much of the state for the exception of areas in south Mississippi. The main threat for rain will remain along and north of the I-20 corridor. Winds will be out of the west up to 15 - 20 mph.
No severe weather or flash flooding concerns are on the table as Irma impacts our state. Temperatures will be on the cool side. Afternoon highs will be sitting in the 60s for many of us but a bit warmer in south Mississippi where sunshine is expected. We'll keep with a few showers on Wednesday morning before drying up and warming up on Thursday.
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