Although Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, its widespread effects will likely still be felt early this week.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport officials encouraged travelers to be aware that the rains and winds may influence local flights.
“The weather system will be affecting flights in and out of Chattanooga today, so if you are traveling, we urge you to check with your airline before arriving at the Chattanooga airport,” airport spokesman Albert Waterhouse said via email.
CNN reported Monday morning that the storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland, but many area schools are out or closing early today. Click here for a full list from NewsChannel 9.
Windy conditions are expected today across East Tennessee, and Hamilton County is under a wind advisory until 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“The windy conditions may down trees, branches and power lines,” the National Weather Service reported. “Driving high-profile vehicles in these conditions will be difficult.”
Heavy rainfall is also expected, and the Tennessee Valley may get 2 or 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
EPB officials said they are preparing to respond to power outages.
“On Friday, we began securing out-of-town crews to assist with repairs, and we’ve had a great response with crews coming in from Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, among other places,” EPB Vice President of Field Operations Kade Abed said in a prepared statement. “Today, we’re staging crews throughout the community. We’re ready to begin repairs as soon as there are problems.”
EPB officials also encouraged customers to download the myEPB app to report outages and monitor restoration efforts.
Over the weekend, some people fleeing Irma stopped in Chattanooga. East Ridge News Online reported that an area inn is sheltering people for free who left to get out of the storm’s path.
Click here for more information from the National Hurricane Center.
Updated @ 10:38 a.m. on 9/11/17 to add more information as it became available.