The New York Times reports:
Tropical Storm Idalia was intensifying and expected to strengthen into “a dangerous major hurricane” by the time it reaches Florida’s Gulf Coast early Wednesday, forecasters said.
The storm is expected to strengthen slowly on Monday as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico, but confidence is high among forecasters that rapid intensification will occur Tuesday, turning this storm into a major category three hurricane with winds of 115 miles per hour or more.
Storm surge watches were in effect for parts of Florida, as well as a hurricane watch extending from Englewood to Indian Pass, and including Tampa Bay. A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation.
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Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to become “a dangerous major hurricane” by the time it reaches Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, forecasters said. It is expected to strengthen up until landfall after it passes over Cuba and moves into the Gulf. https://t.co/qfd0GhL79u
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 28, 2023
Hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge watches have now been issued for parts of Florida!
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 27, 2023
🚨 Sun. 8/27 6:30PM: Hurricane Watches are in effect for Citrus, Dixie, Coastal Franklin, Hernando, Hillsborough, Coastal Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Sumter, Taylor & Wakulla.
7 additional counties are under Tropical Storm Watches. pic.twitter.com/2od1ed5bYf
— FL Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) August 27, 2023
NHC is now forecasting #Idalia to be a major category 3 hurricane at landfall early Wed. The most likely area for landfall is from Tallahassee to Sarasota. To be safe, the entire Gulf Coast & some inland areas need to prep for dangerous storm surge, flooding & destructive winds. pic.twitter.com/hqcy8o0Udj
— Florida Storms (@FloridaStorms) August 28, 2023