Hurricane Idalia is continuing to intensify as it moves north and eventually northeast across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through Wednesday.
Catastrophic storm surge will accompany the storm as it makes landfall. Watches and Warnings remain in effect for West Central and Southwest Florida and the adjacent coastal waters.
Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across West Central and Southwest Florida. Remain well braced against a dangerous tornado event having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
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Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.
Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and boats tossed about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.
The tornado watch is in effect from now until 6:00 am for the following counties:
A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Levy, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Pasco, Inland Citrus, and Pinellas
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Inland Hernando, Inland Hillsborough, Inland Levy, Inland Manatee, Inland Pasco, and Sumter
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