|Good Morning. Idalia has strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to intensify into what the National Hurricane Center called an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” before making landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday. |
At 5 a.m. EST, Hurricane Idalia was located about 370 miles south southwest of Tampa, Florida, moving north at 14 mph. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Plenty of warm water and increasingly favorable upper-level winds will make rapid intensification possible as Idalia moves through the Gulf of Mexico. Life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are all expected along portions of the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle beginning later Tuesday, then peaking on Wednesday. Parts of south Georgia and the Carolinas will also see significant impacts from Idalia by Wednesday.
If you live in an area prone to storm surge, be sure to follow the advice of local officials if evacuations are ordered. The latest on evacuations for Idalia can be found here, our live updates are here and you can keep track of all the latest tracking information, models and satellite imagery here.