Watch live Florida beach webcams as Hurricane Idalia approaches

Hurricane Idalia is gathering pace: It is expected to bring winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, destructive storm surges and torrential rains to Florida.

Many of the worst effects will happen in parts of the state’s Gulf Coast, where Idalia will land Wednesday morning. For those interested in following or understanding the effects of such a powerful storm, there are a number of live web cams showing the event which you can watch below.

Idalia, a tropical storm on Monday, has since intensified into a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center expects it will strengthen into a “severe hurricane” (Category 3) — with winds of at least 111 miles per hour — before making landfall as conditions become more favorable for a hurricane, particularly the decrease in wind shear (these are winds that can do this). impede the formation of a strong, cohesive storm). In addition, Idalia will fly over extremely warm seawater, which provides energy to these storms. The water on Idalia’s path is this It’s the warmest weather in at least decades.

This all sets the stage for the storm to intensify.

“We expect it to intensify rapidly,” Joel Cline, director of the National Weather Service’s tropical program, told Mashable Monday night. “This will be a rapid intensification of a tropical storm.”

“We expect a rapid intensification.”

Although a severe storm is unfortunate news for many people in the Florida area, the good news is that the expected intensification has been predicted days in advance, allowing people to follow informed guidance from local authorities, Cline noted.


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The impact will be severe.

“There is a risk of life-threatening storm surge flooding from Idalia along portions of Florida’s Gulf Coast where a storm surge warning is in place, including Tampa Bay and Big Bend,” the National Hurricane Center wrote. “Residents in these areas should follow the advice of local authorities.” (Storm surges are caused by strong winds that push water onto the coast and cause at times severe flooding.

Heavy rains from Idalia also pose a major risk. In recent years, freshwater flooding due to severe flooding has been the cause of the bulk of tropical storm deaths. After landing, Idalia weakens but still carries heavy rain bands over Florida in a wide area between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. The ocean will certainly cause coastal flooding, but frequent flooding from rainfall is expected in both coastal and inland areas.

“The rain will be heavy at times,” Tony Fracasso, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told Mashable.

Tampa Bay riverfront webcam

A storm surge of about 4 to 7 feet and hurricane force winds are expected in Tampa Bay.

Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach Cam

Live footage from Clearwater Beach by Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. Clearwater Beach is west of Tampa.

Homosassa Springs live web cam

This webcam is located just inland in the coastal region of Homosassa, in the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Some of Florida’s famous manatees live in these springs.

Live Gulf Coast webcams

The following live webcams are not on YouTube and therefore could not be embedded in this post like the live streams above. However, they are close to where Hurricane Idalia will make landfall. You need to click on the links:

– Homosassa Live View: A webcam at MacRae’s of Homosassa, just inland from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

– Cedar Key Beach webcam: Live webcams in Cedar Key, Florida near where Hurricane Idalia will make landfall.

St George Island webcam: St. George Island is in the NHC’s Hurricane Warning Zone and lies off the Florida Panhandle.

How is Hurricane Idalia related to climate change?

Climate change affects hurricanes. Some of these implications are clear: particularly heavier rainfall and historic flooding, along with higher storm surges. Other effects, such as B. the way the unstoppable warming of the oceans The impact of the strength of these storms is an intense and ongoing area of ​​research.

Chrissy Callahan

Chrissy Callahan 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. Chrissy Callahan 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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