The southern U.S. is in the path of two major storms this week.
The National Weather Service is warning of severe impacts from Tropical Storm Idalia as it approaches Florida from the southwest, while Hurricane Franklin approaches the state from the east.
“Idalia is forecast to become a major hurricane early this week in the eastern Gulf of Mexico,” NWS said. “There is an increasing threat of life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds and scattered flash and urban flooding along or in portions of the west coast of Florida, the Panhandle and Southeast beginning on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, Franklin “remains a powerful major hurricane,” NWS said. As of late afternoon Monday, “life-threatening surf and rip currents are occurring along the coast of the Southeast United States.”