TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Idalia made landfall near Keaton Beach in Taylor County at 7:45 am as a category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. As the storm pulls away from the Carolinas tonight, a trail of showers will continue to make for on again, off again gusty showers moving through our area overnight and into Thursday.
The storm is weakening now as it moves through Georgia and toward South Carolina. It will eventually move back out over the Atlantic and will remain a storm.
Tropical rain bands will continue to stream through the Tampa Bay area over the next couple of days as moistures streams in from the Gulf of Mexico. Winds will gradually subside throughout the day today.
The enhanced breeze, clouds, and occasional showers hold our temperatures down a bit over the next few days. We will be in the mid to upper 80s on Thursday and Friday during the afternoon hours.
Rain Chances will continue to be high on Thursday and Friday, but we begin drying out on Saturday. We will most likely see a limited chance for showers on Saturday, but we dry out completely for Sunday and the Labor Day holiday.
Beginning this weekend, drier air moves in behind the storm, limiting our rain chances and clearing our skies out. The best part will be a much needed, but slight break in the humidity. It will be most noticeable in the mornings, feeling a tad nicer and waking up in the mid 70s.
Temperatures will stay quite hot though with highs back in the low 90s.