ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hurricane Idalia made landfall Wednesday morning along Florida's Big Bend region as a major Category 3 storm.
Parts of the Tampa Bay region have experienced a significant storm surge, especially along the beaches and low-lying areas.
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See below for the real-time tropical tracker, spaghetti models and more.
Resembling spaghetti noodles, each line in a spaghetti model represents a computer's best guess as to where the center of the storm will go.
These models, however, do not show expected impacts on areas.
Here's the latest spaghetti model for Hurricane Idalia:
This "cone of uncertainty" shows an area where the center of the storm could go, when and how strong it might be at the given time. Note that impacts from a tropical system do occur away from the center and outside the cone.
Here's the latest track for Hurricane Idalia:
Watches and warnings
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.
A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.
A hurricane warning means sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a hurricane are expected within 36 hours. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.