First Alert: Tropical Storm Idalia threatens Coastal Empire and Lowcountry

7pm Idalia Track
7pm Idalia Track(WTOC)
Published: Aug. 24, 2023 at 9:19 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2023 at 9:04 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Tropical Storm Idalia will soon become a hurricane and then a major hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the Big Bend of Florida. As it make its way to Georgia, it will weaken but still have hurricane force winds then tropical storm force winds closer to Charleston. If you have not prepared your home, nor gotten batteries or portable charges, you still have time as The First Alert Weather Team says the worst of the storm impacts will be Wednesday.

This system has been dealing with some wind shear aloft and not strengthened into hurricane, but rapid intensification is expected Tuesday evening into Wednesday before making landfall as a CAT3.

Tropical Storm Idalia
Tropical Storm Idalia(NOAA)

Impacts for Southeast Georgia and South Carolina include tropical storm force wind gusts for all the viewing area with hurricane force wind gusts for the immediate coast; ie Jekyll to Tybee to Hilton Head to Hunting Island. Three to five inches of rain with isolated totals of six inches possible. Scattered tornadoes are possible and storm surge on top of a supermoon tide means coastal inundation and Highway 80 will be closed Wednesday evening.

Aside from the tropics, we are forecasting a Tuesday morning showers and afternoon showers and storms.

Stay Safe!

- WTOC Weather Team

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