As Hurricane Idalia hurdles towards Florida, the storm is predicted to bring roughly 100 mile-per-hour winds, flooding and a metric f**kton of lightning, according to one horrifying time-lapse.
It's #TimelapseTuesday, so here is a 10-hour GeoColor loop from yesterday via @NOAA's #GOESEast satellite showing both #Franklin in the Atlantic and #Idalia near Cuba.— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) August 29, 2023
Get the latest on both: https://t.co/ScLdyBaJZb pic.twitter.com/olqIjGVQR8
Satellite footage recently released by weather agencies paints a distressing picture of what Sunshine State residents can expect when the hurricane makes landfall on Wednesday, depicting several bursts of sky-igniting lighting striking around the eye of the storm over the course of several hours.
An impressive, lightning-packed convective burst within Tropical Storm Idalia this evening as the sun sets. pic.twitter.com/GnRGHs504F— CIRA (@CIRA_CSU) August 28, 2023
Satellite imagery shows Tropical Storm Idalia bursting with intense lightning in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday. The storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane as it churns toward Florida.— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 28, 2023
Read more: https://t.co/jcTiU2ca2a pic.twitter.com/opj90oSICP
But more than looking terrifyingly badass, the sight comes with an alarming implication, namely, that the storm is getting stronger. Though Hurricane Idalia was initially forecasted as a Category 1 storm, it is now expected to strengthen into a Category 3 storm, one defined by “devastating damage,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
Stay safe, Floridian readers — and rest assured knowing those Waffle Houses will be closed.
The geostationary lightning mapper (GLM) has been detecting lightning in the eyewall of Hurricane #Idalia over the past hour or so. This is an indication that rapid intensification may be underway as visible satellite shows an eye trying to clear out. #FLwx pic.twitter.com/8CYaA75P4D— RadarOmega (@RadarOmega) August 29, 2023