Tropical Storm Idalia is heading towards Florida according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The storm is gaining strength and could potentially reach hurricane status by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast of Florida. States of emergency have been declared in various coastal counties and communities in southern states, as there is a chance Idalia will cause flooding in low-lying areas. All those in the path of Idalia should take necessary precautions and track Idalia’s progress for updates: the storm is on its way and time is of the essence.