Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Idalia

Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Idalia

Severe Weather Watch: Tracking Idalia

Idalia has weakened to a Category 1 storm and is centered near Valdosta, Ga. currently.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Cumberland County, as Hurricane Idalia is moving into the region.

The National Weather Service issued the Tropical Storm Warning at 11:25 a.m. for Scotland, Hoke, Cumberland and Sampson Counties. Additional counties throughout the southeastern part of the state are under the same warning.

Idalia is still measuring as a Category 1 hurricane as it batters Georgia and Florida. It came ashore in the Big Bend area of Florida early this morning as a Category 3 hurricane. It had strengthened to a Category 4 at one point before that.

Several school closures and delays have been announced. You can see all the closings and adjustments on our special page here.

Here’s more on the storm as it currently stands at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Tropical Storm Warning - Flood Watch

    By morning Tuesday, the National Weather Service has put in place a Tropical Storm Warning for much of the southern portion our region.

  • Watch vs. Warning

  • Current Storm Projection

  • Arrival Times

    Outer bands of rain are already moving into the region. This will increase, with Tropical Storm force winds expected tonight.

  • Storm Logistics

    At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Idalia was
    located by Doppler radar near latitude 30.6 North, longitude 83.2
    West. Idalia is moving toward the north-northeast near 20 mph (31
    km/h). A turn toward the northeast is expected later today,
    followed by an east-northeastward to eastward motion on Thursday.
    On the forecast track, the center of Idalia will move across
    southeastern Georgia today, near the coast of South Carolina
    tonight, and just offshore the coast of southern North Carolina on
    Thursday. Idalia is then expected to move east-southeastward over
    the western Atlantic on Friday.

    Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 90 mph (150 km/h)
    with higher gusts. Although Idalia will weaken further while the
    center is inland, it is still expected to be a hurricane through
    this afternoon or evening while moving across southeastern Georgia
    and southern South Carolina. Idalia is forecast to be a tropical
    storm while moving near the coasts of northeastern South Carolina
    and North Carolina tonight and on Thursday.

    Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
    center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles
    (370 km). Sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) with a gust to 52 mph
    (84 km/h) was recently reported at Moody Air Force Base near
    Valdosta, Georgia.

    The estimated minimum central pressure is 971 mb (28.68 inches).

  • Rainfall Expectations

    Over 5-7 inches of rain is expected across much of our region.

  • Regional Impacts

    Moderate flooding is expected across Southeastern North Carolina.

    Impacts from #Idalia will increase this afternoon into this evening. The tornado threat has increased from last...

    Posted by US National Weather Service Wilmington NC on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
  • Wind Field Projections

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