Hurricane Idalia is still maintaining a Category 1 Storm, as it stages a life-threatening situation in most areas of Florida. As of 15Z, Idalia is located at 23.8 degrees north and 84.8 degrees west, moving north at 14 miles per hour. Per NHC’s analysis of this storm, Idalia sustains a maximum wind speed of up to 85 knots and a minimum central pressure of 976 millibars. Moving on to Idalia’s location, it is approximately 175 miles away from Havana (Cuba), 228 miles from Cape Coral (Florida), 282 miles from Tampa (Florida), and 309 miles from Spring Hill (Florida). As for the warnings about Hurricane Idalia, A hurricane warning is issued in some western coast portions of Florida as well as a tropical storm warning in the eastern coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Tomorrow Wednesday, Idalia is expected to make landfall on the western coast of Florida, as there will be heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges to arrive in the morning. Furthermore, there will be a hurricane warning in some portions of Florida’s west coast and a tropical storm warning in other portions of the east coast in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as Idalia was far from the eastern coast areas and will expect to make storm surges, strong winds, and heavy rainfall soon as a tropical storm. A hurricane warning and a tropical storm warning means that a hurricane or a tropical storm is expected to make landfall in your area in the next 36 hours. If your home is vulnerable to strong winds and heavy rainfall, please evacuate to the nearest designated evacuation shelter with your emergency kit or stay indoors and stay away from windows.
Moving forward to the model predictions on Idalia, most models predicted that it will curve towards Florida and then brush towards the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina, according to most models. For the sea surface temperatures near Idalia, it will get a little bit warmer to around 28 degrees Celsius, meaning that it’ll favor further intensity in the next few hours. Lastly, for the satellite imagery, we noticed that Idalia swirls toward the panhandle of Florida, as we saw no eyewall, but seen in the radar imagery. Stay tuned to the Force Thirteen website for more article updates!