Hurricane Idalia hits the coast of Florida with a ‘life-threatening’ storm surge and strong winds: After striking Florida’s Big Bend coast early on Wednesday morning as a ‘very hazardous’ storm with maximum sustained winds of more than 100 mph, Hurricane Idalia is now making its way inland. EnoughInfo.com
In Florida, there were more than 50,000 people without electricity on Wednesday morning.
“Don’t mess with this storm, don″t do anything that’s going to put yourself in jeopardy,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a morning press conference.
The National Hurricane Centre issued a warning about dangerous storm surges along the shore. According to the centre, some places might see life-threatening floods of up to 16 feet.
Out of Florida’s 67 counties, at least 30 have issued an evacuation order of some kind. The state’s emergency management organisation advises people to shelter in place if they want to stay in their homes.
Hurricane Idalia hits the coast of Florida with a ‘life-threatening’ storm surge and strong winds
Around 8:00 am ET, Idalia made landfall close to Keaton Beach, less than 90 miles from the state capital Tallahassee, as a category 3 storm with 125 mph maximum sustained winds. Since then, the storm has somewhat decreased to a category 2 storm with 110 mph top winds.
Rescue operations will start as the winds have slowed down, according to DeSantis. According to DeSantis, the state has organised eight urban search and rescue teams and more over 5,000 National Guard troops. He said that the Coast Guard is prepared to assist as well.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey warned NBC News that Idalia will be the largest hurricane to hit the state capital ever: “Stay home and stay safe.” Transfer News: Nottingham forest Interested In Wilfred Ndidi
President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Idalia on Monday ahead of the cyclone. The proclamation will help DHS and FEMA organise disaster aid.