Good Wednesday Morning

HIGH SURF ADVISORY is in effect Wednesday into Thursday as strong, but distant, Hurricane Franklin, passes well offshore

WATCHING THE TROPICS: Hurricane Franklin will pass well offshore of New England, but large ocean waves will impact ocean-facing shores now through Thursday. Dangerous rip currents are expected at area beaches. Meanwhile rapidly intensifying Idalia is expected tp make landfall on the Big Bend of Florida’s west coast Wednesday morning as a powerful category 4 storm.

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A cloudy start with scattered showers…. along with an isolated thunderstorm. It’ll be very humid with highs in the upper 70s. Skies turn partly sunny by mid to late afternoon

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We’re tracking two hurricanes ..Franklin and Idalia. Franklin will have the most immediate impact on us in terms of dangerous beach surf and rip currents.

Franklin is a Category 3 storm that will miss both Bermuda and the United States. The storm will track east-northeast well away form US Mainland, but it will still throw back some large surf om our beaches next few days

Franklin is generating some big waves that will propagate toward Southern New England now through Thursday. This will lead to dangerous rip currents and beach erosion. Please, stay off of rocks and jetties as large waves could sweep you into the water.

Idalia is now a powerful hurricane and will continue to strengthen rapidly over the next 12 hours as the water temperatures in its path are in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for rapid intensification.

As of 11 PM Tuesday, Idalia was a Category 2 storm with winds of 110mph….but expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm with winds up to 130 mph just prior to landfall

Hurricane Warnings have been posted for the upper part of the west coast of Florida, from Tampa to Panama City. Landfall is expected around 8 AM Wednesday morning, as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130mph!! Destructive winds, torrential rain, and a dangerous storm surge are all expected in the area where there is a hurricane warning.

T.J. Del Santo ( is the weekday morning and noon meteorologist for 12 News. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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