TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials gave an update on Tropical Storm Idalia on Sunday at the state’s emergency operations center.
As of this report, the storm is 80 miles off the coast of Cozumel with 35 mph winds. It will become a hurricane by late Tuesday afternoon.
The storm could arrive as strong as a Category 2, Governor DeSantis said.
“Be prepared,” he continued.
Those who are power-dependent are encouraged to go to a shelter, as the likelihood of losing power is very high.
Starting Monday, linemen will be stationed to help around communities, especially in the Tallahassee area.
Marion County and North Florida are going to expect to receive resources, DeSantis said.
“If you’re in Tampa Bay or some of those areas, you could absolutely get impact,” DeSantis said. “Anyone on this Gulf, you should absolutely be very vigilant right now.”
This comes hours after Tropical Storm Idalia formed near the Yucatan Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center’s forecast cone has Florida in the storm’s path, although it is predicted to strengthen into a category one hurricane before landfall.
Saturday, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 33 Florida counties in preparation for Idalia, including the entire Tampa Bay area.
Kevin Guthrie, from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said they were made aware of fuel contamination at gas pumps near the Port of Tampa. An investigation is underway.
If you suspect your car has fuel contamination, call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-435-7352.