Tropical Storm Idalia is approaching hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Idalia is approaching hurricane strength

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to become a hurricane over the eastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday night, a major Category 3 hurricane by Wednesday and impact Florida over the coming days.

In a 10 PM CDT update from the National Hurricane Center, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the east coast of Florida and the southeast coast of Georgia from Sebastian Inlet northward to Altamaha Sound.

Idalia's outer bands will begin impacting Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast Tuesday afternoon, said Steve Weigel, chief meteorologist at WPTV First Alert Weather.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings were issued earlier for parts of Florida's west coast, and life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds are increasingly likely in parts of the state.

Idalia is currently packing winds of 70 mph, unchanged from six hours ago, and moving north at 8 mph. Idalia is located about 10 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba and about 230 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas.

The storm is becoming a hurricane at 74 mph.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from mid-Longboat Key northward to Indian Pass, including Tampa Bay.

Palm Beach County is not in any watches or warnings.

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Rapid strengthening is expected over the next day or so. Idalia is expected to become a hurricane late Monday, then become a major hurricane by late Tuesday or Tuesday night. It is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon along Florida's Big Bend, which includes Tallahassee.

“It could become a major Category 3 hurricane by Wednesday, early in the morning,” WPTV meteorologist Jennifer Correia said. “This is of course troubling for the Big Bend area of ​​Florida and anywhere in the Tampa Bay area.”

Although our areas will not suffer a direct hit, there will still be storms and heavy rain swirling through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, Correa said. These will be the outer bands of Idalia moving through as the center of Idalia will make landfall somewhere in the Big Bend or the northwest coast of Florida.

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Landfall is expected on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday's storm clusters will pose a severe weather threat to our area, so isolated tornadoes will be possible, along with wind gusts of at least 45 mph.

“Today is kind of a normal day. But as we get into tomorrow, we're going to start seeing those gusty gusts and winds picking up speed,” Correa said.

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Correa added that Wednesday will be the rainiest day for our viewing area.

“From the Treasure Coast all the way to the Palm Beaches, we will see wind gusts could exceed 40 miles per hour,” Correa said. “So again, Tuesday and Wednesday look like the worst of the weather. And then we'll still have some rainy conditions Thursday and Friday.”

In addition to the wind gusts, our viewing area could receive 1 to 3 inches of rain from Idalia.

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The end of the moisture from the storm will keep our weather pattern active and wet through Friday.

There are currently no weather advisories or advisories for Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast due to Idalia.

“If the system shifts a little bit to the east, we could get some locally issued tropical storm watches,” WPTV First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Villanueva said.

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Hurricane Franklin at 11 pm on August 28, 2023.

Elsewhere, Hurricane Franklin was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and moving north at 9 mph, in an 8 p.m. EST update. Franklin was about 420 miles west-southwest of Bermuda.

Swells, life-threatening surf and rip currents are already affecting Bermuda and the coast of the

Southeastern United States.

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