Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to form Sunday as the system moves towards Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to form Sunday as tropical depression continues in the Yucatan Peninsula.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression 10 is located about 30 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

At the time of this report, the system had a maximum sustained wind speed of 35 mph and was moving south at 5 mph.

The NHC said the system will stay near the Yucatan Canal until it starts moving faster on Monday.

“It is expected to advance north into the Gulf of Mexico and become Tropical Storm Idalia,” said Max Defender 8 meteorologist Eric Stone. “Eventually, Idalia will develop into a hurricane and move west of the Tampa Bay Area, bringing rain and wind Tuesday and Wednesday before moving north of our region.”

Portions of Florida’s west coast, the Panhandle and South Georgia are forecast to have 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated higher totals of 10 inches. Heavy rain is also expected in the Carolinas.

A tropical storm warning applies to:

  • Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel
  • Pinar del Rio Cuba

A tropical storm warning applies to:

Laura Coffey

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