It is expected to turn north towards south-west Florida later today [Saturday], brining hurricane-force winds to much of the local area Sunday afternoon through early Monday. Hurricane-force wind gusts will likely be experienced across the entire peninsula through early Monday …
Storm surge flooding is expected across much of the Florida Gulf coast.
Heavy rainfall will spread northward beginning late Saturday and continuing through early Monday. The heaviest rainfall is expected north and east of the centre of the storm, where local amounts may exceed 15 inches (38cm) in some areas!
Inland flooding and storm surge combined account for the most deaths when it comes to hurricanes.
Finally we can expect a few tornadoes within the hurricane’s outer rain bands beginning later today and lasting into Sunday night.