Center of Hurricane Irma on track to move over Gainesville

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Irma has downgraded to a Category 4, and could be a Category 1 by the time it reaches Gainesville.

Winds are expected to pickup throughout the day Sunday, with tropical force winds as high expected to arrive around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Category 1 conditions are expected to begin Monday morning through mid-day, with gusts up to 80 mph. The latest forecast has rain picking up, with as much as 7 inches of rain likely.

Alachua County has opened 12 emergency shelters across the county. Find them here.

Conditions are expected to improve rapidly by Monday night.

Keep watching CBS 4 Gainesville for the latest updates.

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