City of Charlotte continues to monitor Tropical Storm Irma

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2017) – The City of Charlotte continues to monitor Tropical Storm Irma and is prepared to respond to any impacts from the rain and wind expected to move into the region later today.

Approximately 1-3 inches of rain and strong winds are expected this afternoon through the early hours of Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Saturated soils could mean downed trees and powerlines. The City of Charlotte is prepared to respond to these service calls as needed, with crews from multiple departments on standby.

The City of Charlotte continues its work with the American Red Cross and other partner agencies to support sheltering operations at the old J.M. Alexander Middle School on Hambright Road in Huntersville. Last night, the shelter housed 29 guests with two dogs. Ten guests plan on staying at the shelter until they return to their homes in Florida.


Department Service Impacts and Preparation


Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
CDOT crews went out this weekend, surveyed areas prone to flooding and cleaned catch basins to optimize storm water system. Crews, including street maintenance and traffic signal crews, are on standby and ready to respond as needed.


Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
Currently, CATS anticipates operating normal service on its bus routes, LYNX light rail service and CityLYNX streetcar service. CATS will closely monitor weather conditions and make any necessary adjustments at that time.

Citizens should go to for the most up-to-date information on specific routes. The public is encouraged to follow CATS on Twitter and Facebook for periodic updates. Citizens can also call 704-336-RIDE, but wait times for information may be long due to increased call volume.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Passengers are advised to check with their airlines regarding the status of their flight before coming to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Solid Waste Services
City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services asks customers to put their materials out on their collection day and leave materials there until collected, as long as outside conditions are safe.

Engineering and Property Management
All emergency response crews and contractors for downed trees and debris in the roads have been alerted and are on call.


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