Idalia remains a tropical storm and will move off the Carolina coast

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Idalia devastated the Tampa Bay area Tuesday night through Wednesday morning before making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane in the Big Bend area of ​​Florida.

Idalia brought a storm surge to the Tampa Bay area when tides were already higher than normal due to a supermoon.

Residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties who were ordered to evacuate were allowed to return home Wednesday night.

Residents in Citrus County’s Evacuation Zone A are subject to a mandatory curfew between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.

Idalia made landfall near Keaton Beach at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It then swept across Georgia as a hurricane.

Eventually, Idalia strengthened into a Category 4 storm, but weakened slightly to Category 3 before making landfall.

Idalia weakened again to a tropical storm on Wednesday evening. At 11 p.m., Idalia was about 15 miles north-northwest of Charleston, South Carolina.

Idalia is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves off the coast of South Carolina Wednesday night or Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm will then move out to sea.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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