WEMA deploys two to Florida for Hurricane Irma

Staff Reports • Sep 8, 2017 at 1:01 PM

After Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida on Sunday, forecasters predict rains and stormy weather will push north toward Tennessee.

Irma is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida. Wind and heavy rainfall are expected in Tennessee on Tuesday with the most impacts felt on the eastern side of the state. 

Wind gusts could range from 30-55 mph, and rainfall could range from 2-4 inches. 

“Widespread severe weather is not expected at this time,” National Weather Service officials in Nashville said in a statement. “However, wind gusts will be strong enough to impact trees and power lines.” 

The Wilson County Emergency Management Agency sent one ambulance with two crewmembers Friday morning to assist with emergency operations for Hurricane Irma. 

Chief Shannon Cooper and Lt. Adrian McNabb will combine with partner agencies across Tennessee to form an emergency medical services strike team.

The crews will head to Tallahassee, Florida via Chattanooga. 

WEMA director Joey Cooper asked everyone to keep the EMS professionals in their thoughts and prayers as they travel into the unknown. 

Updates are expected on WEMA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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