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Port Canaveral issue update on Hurricane Idalia with sustained gale force winds expected

As Hurricane Idalia continues to grow rapidly, with its sights firmly fixed on the west coast of Florida, Port Canaveral in the east coast has issued an update.

Port Canaveral issue update on Hurricane Idalia with sustained gale force winds expected

Port Canaveral hs issued an update on Hurricane Idalia as the storm continues on a path towards the west coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition "X-RAY" for Port Canaveral. The busy port say that sustained gale force winds are predicted within 48hours.

Port Canaveral will remain open and conduct normal Port operations, but they anticipate limited waterside and vessel shoreside, with port operations subject to change as the weather conditions dictate.

While severe weather is expected, based on current forecasts and storm information, Port Canaveral is NOT issuing a marina evacuation order for Hurricane Idalia.

Vessels berthed at marinas located in Port Canaveral should consult with their marina owner/operator and comply with marina specific requirements and precautions.

Continue to monitor Port Canaveral and and the Port Status Hotline at 321-394-3411 for updates.

Port Canaveral issue update on Hurricane Idalia with sustained gale force winds expected

The National Hurricane Center has just released its 11 am Hurricane Idalia update, and the storm is shaping up to be a major hurricane that is set to slam Florida with dangerous life threatening winds.

Idalia has gained additional strength Tuesday morning and has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph with stronger wind gusts. The storm currently remains a Category 1 hurricane for now, but it is expected to undergo rapid intensification and become an extremely dangerous Category 3 hurricane before landfall on Wednesday.

The intensity on Wednesday morning just before landfall has increased in the forecast up to 125 mph, only 5 mph below Category 4 strength.

Idalia is located about 275 miles south-southwest of Tampa, Florida, and is moving northward at 14 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.

Landfall is still expected in the Big Bend area of Florida early Wednesday morning.

Latest Hurricane Idalia Update: Extremely Dangerous Storm forecast to come ashore with 125 mph winds

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