August 28. Tropical Storm Idalia, currently located between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane before it hits the Gulf Coast of Florida by mid-week.
Hurricane watches are in effect for most of Florida’s western coast, including parts of the Panhandle. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), “the risk continues to increase for life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds” in these areas. Areas of flash and urban flooding are also expected across western Florida, as well as southern Georgia, Tuesday into Wednesday, followed by portions of the eastern Carolinas in the days after.
As reported by the NHC, storm surge of seven to 11 feet is forecast from the Chassahowitzka River north to Aucilla River. Storm surge of four to nine feet can be expected in the surrounding coastal towns. In all, water levels will likely rise at least one foot from Dry Tortugas and the Florida Keys up to Indian Pass.
Hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall are expected across the westernmost points of Cuba. Idalia currently has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
Currently, of the “big four” airlines, only Delta and Southwest have issued an advisory due to Idalia.
Source: Travel Agent Central