Idalia is expected to move northward through the Gulf of Mexico and then head for Florida tomorrow (Wednesday) morning when by the time it makes landfall it will be a Category 3 hurricane.
Already water levels are running around 1 to 2 feet above normal from Naples to Fort Myers along with the Tampa Bay area midday high tide. Also some low-lying areas have seen inundation from coastal flooding.
Potential damage could be caused from catastrophic storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding rainfall as well as a threat of tornadoes.
After Florida, Idalia will head to southern Georgia and North and South Carolina by Thursday where it is anticipated to weaken to tropical storm strength.
Walt Disney World Resort located in Orlando, Florida, issued the following statement:
“Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.”