A Tropical Storm Watch was issued Monday morning for the Lower Florida Keys as state officials prepare for possible impacts of Tropical Storm Idalia, which is expected to become a hurricane by Monday night.
The advisory affects those west of the Seven Mile Bridge.
Forecasters say Idalia is expected to continue intensifying as the system heads toward the Gulf Coast.
State officials are preparing for the possible hurricane while urging residents to stay vigilant.
Tropical Storm Idalia is now expected to intensify to a Category 3 hurricane. The storm could bring heavy rainfall, strong winds and possible tornadoes to the west coast of Florida
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