Watches, warnings issued for Central Florida counties ahead of Idalia. Here’s what they mean

Idalia expected to hit Florida as major hurricane

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Watches and warnings have been issued for parts of Florida as the state prepares for Idalia, which is expected to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast as a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Idalia becoming a Category 3 hurricane over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by early Wednesday.

The worst of the weather as a whole looks to move through Central Florida from late Tuesday into early Wednesday afternoon. Click here for a complete timeline and breakdown of county-by-county impacts.

Here are the types of warnings issued:

  • Storm surge watch: This means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
  • Tropical storm warning: This means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
  • Tropical storm watch: This means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
  • Hurricane watch: This means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.
  • Hurricane warning: This means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12-24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Here are the Central Florida counties under current watches and warnings:

Hurricane warning

  • Marion County
  • Sumter County

Tropical storm warning

  • Brevard County
  • Flagler County
  • Lake County
  • Orange County
  • Osceola County
  • Seminole County
  • Volusia County

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About the Authors:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.

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