Tropical Storm Idalia has weakened to a tropical depression, but it is still expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Carolinas on Thursday.
The storm is currently located about 100 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and is moving northeast at 15 mph. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
Idalia is expected to make landfall in South Carolina later Thursday morning. The National Hurricane Center is warning of heavy rain, strong winds, and flooding in the Carolinas.
The storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Carolinas, with isolated amounts of up to 10 inches. The heaviest rain is expected in the eastern Carolinas.
The winds from Idalia are expected to gust up to 50 mph in the Carolinas. These winds could cause power outages and damage to trees and structures.
The National Hurricane Center is also warning of flooding from storm surge. The surge could reach 2 to 4 feet in some areas.
Residents in the Carolinas should be prepared for the storm and take precautions to protect themselves and their property.
Here are some tips for staying safe during Tropical Storm Idalia:
Stay informed about the storm’s progress by listening to local news broadcasts and checking the National Hurricane Center website.
If you live in an area that is under a hurricane warning or watch, evacuate as soon as possible.
If you cannot evacuate, make sure you have a plan for staying safe in your home.
Secure loose objects around your home that could be blown away by the wind.
Bring pets indoors and secure them in a safe place.
Have a battery-powered radio and flashlights on hand in case of power outages.
Stock up on food and water for at least three days.
Stay tuned to local news broadcasts for updates on the storm.
Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to weaken as it moves northeast, but it is still a dangerous storm. Residents in the Carolinas should take precautions to stay safe.