(WRIC) — Tropical Depression Ten strengthened to Tropical Storm Idalia early Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

As of the 11 p.m. Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Center, it has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, its movement is stationary, with a pressure of 992 millibars.

Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches have been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast of Florida now.

It is forecasted to strengthen in the coming hours and days and head towards Florida as potentially as high as a major hurricane, or category 3 storm. It’ll make landfall on late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and the Tampa Bay area.

The cone of uncertainty has shifted more to the east of Virginia compared to yesterday, which will lessen the impacts for central Virginia by Thursday and Friday of this week, which would be great news for our area.

There’s still lots of time for things to change. Stay with StormTracker8 throughout the week, as we track Tropical Storm Idalia for you.