UPDATED TIMELINE, COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Here’s how Idalia will impact Central Florida

Outer bands arrive Tuesday afternoon, evening

ORLANDO, Fla. – There is still uncertainty as to the exact track and intensity of Idalia, but it is growing increasingly likely that the majority of the storm’s impacts will be felt along and near the Big Bend.

The main threat for Central Florida will be the severe weather risk as intense outer bands from Idalia spiral through. If the storm rides the right side of the official forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center, higher impacts will be possible in Central Florida.

There are hurricane and tropical storm warnings in place for Central Florida counties.

Tuesday threats in Central Florida (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Expect the breeze to gradually kick up through the day Tuesday.

Outer bands posing the threat for a few tornadoes will begin late Tuesday afternoon and early evening.

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While it may remain breezy at times late Tuesday into Wednesday. There will likely be breaks in the strongest storms as the outer bands move in and out.

The worst of the weather as a whole looks to move through Central Florida from late Tuesday into early Wednesday afternoon.

This will again comes in waves where the weather could look dramatic and then be nearly calm for periods of time.

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A general rule, the closer you are to the Gulf Coast, the higher the impacts as the center of Idalia is expected to move onshore around the Big Bend of Florida.

All of Central Florida will be under the gun for severe weather Tuesday into Wednesday.


Lake, Marion, Sumter:

Wind: 50-60 mph

Rain: 3-6 inches

Tornado Threat: Isolated

Orange, Seminole:

Wind: 40+mph

Rain: 2-4 inches

Tornado Threat: Isolated

Osceola, Polk:

Wind: 40+ mph

Rain: 2-3 inches

Tornado Threat: Low

Flagler, Volusia, Brevard:

Wind: 30+ mph

Rain: 2-3 inches

Tornado Threat: Possible

Coastal: 1-2 feet surge, rip currents, erosion

Rip currents and beach erosion will be likely along the coast.

Coastal flooding will also be a concern with the easterly wind and higher-than-normal astronomical tides due to the full moon.

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Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 and now covers weather on TV and all digital platforms.