Idalia is about to become a hurricane as it approaches Cuba

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 119 km/h.

He National Hurricane Center (NHC, the abbreviation in English) of the US indicated in its bulletin at 8 p.m. local time (Tuesday 00:00 GMT) that Idalia is about 30 kilometers southwest of the western tip of Cuba and 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the small archipelago of Dry Tortugas, at the southernmost tip of Florida.

Idalia, which if it becomes a hurricane, will be the third of the season in the Atlantic basin, is moving north with a rotational speed of 13 km/h.

Based on a likely trajectory pattern, the center of Idalia will pass near or over western Cuba in the coming hours, then move over eastern Cuba on Tuesday.Olfo from Mexico and will reach Florida Gulf Coast Warning Areas as a hurricane.

Meteorologists predict “rapid strengthening in the coming days” of the system, so that Idalia “could become a hurricane at any time” and become a “major category” cyclone on Tuesday evening.

Tropical storm-force winds extend as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) from the center.

Casablanca, near Havana (Cuba), reported wind gusts of 82 km/h.

A large area, covering the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Río Lagartos and the island of Cozumel (Mexico), plus the Isla de la Juventud (Cuba) and Dry Tortugas Key, in Florida (US), is warned of tropical storms.

The state also has a tropical storm warning for the portion from Chokoloskee north to the middle of Longboat Key, and west from Indian Pass to Mexico Beach.

But there is also a hurricane warning for itto Pinar del Rio (Cuba) and a storm surge warning for much of the Florida coast along the Gulf of Mexico extending northward from Englewood to Indian Pass, including populated Tampa Bay, and a hurricane warning from Key Longboat, south of Tampa.

In addition, parts of southwestern Florida, including the southernmost Keys, are on a tropical storm warning.

The storm surge will raise water levels along the southern coast of Pinar del Río, Cuba, between 4 feet and 6 feet above normal tide levels.

Near the coast, the surf will be accompanied by big waves, so experts warned that “storm surges and life-threatening winds” are becoming “more likely for parts of Florida.”

“Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected through Tuesday morning in alert areas in western Cuba,” the Cuba-based NHC added. Miami.

Source: El heraldo