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Tropical Storm Idalia projected to bring heavy rainfall, winds this week

A graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows Idalia's projected path across the southeastern United States. It is slated to hit Florida as a category 3 hurricane on late Tuesday or early Wednesday, then devolve into a tropical storm in Georgia and the Carolinas on Wednesday and Thursday.
National Hurricane Center
A graphic from the National Hurricane Center shows a projected path of Tropical Storm Idalia.

Idalia, which has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane as it approaches Florida's Gulf Coast, will strike the coast of the Carolinas as a tropical storm this week.

On Monday, the National Weather Service announced that Tropical Storm Idalia will soon make landfall in the Carolinas. Idalia is projected to hit the coast on Wednesday evening.

The storm, which is currently moving northeast across the Caribbean, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Monday. Meteorologists expect it to hit Florida's southwest coastline, which is currently on hurricane watch, late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. From there, the storm will move across Florida and Georgia to the Carolinas.

Idalia's impacts will most likely reach eastern North Carolina from Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. The National Weather Service gives a 75% chance of tropical storm force winds (i.e., winds greater than 39 miles per hour) along the coast. Meteorologists also predict rip currents, heavy rainfall — 6 to 8 inches along the coast — and an elevated risk of tornadoes on Wednesday.

The latest forecast includes a higher chance of flash flooding, particularly in urban areas. There is also a minor to moderate chance of river flooding during and following the storm. The National Weather Service said that while surge inundation and wind impacts were possible on Wednesday, they are not likely.

The American Red Cross of North Carolina said on Monday that they will be closely monitoring the storm's impacts this week. The National Weather Service will also be giving regular updates on Idalia's evolving conditions throughout the week.