National Weather Forecast

Idalia will continue to bring storm activity to the eastern Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, with another low-pressure area bringing some storms to areas hard hit by the storm on Wednesday down in Florida and Georgia. Elsewhere, we’ll be tracking some storms that are possible along the International Border in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, as well as monsoonal storms in the western U.S. A system will bring showers to the Pacific Northwest.

The heaviest rain from Wednesday through Friday will fall across the Southeastern United States in association with Idalia, where some locations could see at least 4-8” of rainfall.


Latest On Idalia

Hurricane Idalia made landfall near Keaton Beach, FL, at 7:45 AM EDT on Wednesday in the Big Bend of Florida. While the storm reached its peak of 130 mph winds a couple of hours before landfall – making it a Category 4 hurricane – it started to undergo an eyewall replacement as it approached land. That led to slight weakening before landfall, with winds of 125 mph (Category 3). Idalia brought the Southeast storm surge, flooding rains, and damaging winds that downed trees and power lines.

Idalia will continue to move across portions of the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday Night, pushing offshore on Thursday morning and eventually heading out to sea. We do expect additional weakening while it’s over land but then it will level out in strength through the weekend as it moves east toward Bermuda.


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