Florida residents have been warned that “Survival isn’t guaranteed” as they’re urged to evacuate from their homes in preparation for the largest category 3 hurricane to hit Florida’s coasts in over a century.
Florida’s Big Bend faces the wrath of Hurricane Idalia, unleashing Category 3 destruction not seen in 125 years.
Idalia makes landfall with powerful Category 3 strength, bringing catastrophic winds and deadly storm surges.
The hurricane’s core slams into Keaton Beach, marking a historic moment in the Gulf Coast area.
Idalia’s fury doesn’t stop at landfall; the storm’s destruction is set to extend beyond the initial impact.
As Idalia moves inland, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina brace for flooding, fierce winds, and tornadoes.
Cedar Key witnessed a record-breaking storm surge of 8 to 9 feet, with waters rising perilously high.
Cedar Key residents experience the fury of the storm surge, with reports of overwhelming flooding.
Residents grapple with apocalyptic scenes, anticipating worsening conditions and a grim aftermath.
“Survival Isn’t Guaranteed”
Authorities urge residents not to underestimate the storm, emphasizing that “survival isn’t guaranteed” in storm surges over 15 feet.
Parts of Big Bend, including Dixie and Taylor counties, face an extreme wind warning akin to facing an approaching tornado.
A tornado watch blankets central and northern Florida and southeast Georgia, adding to the turmoil with worsening conditions.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warns of possible destruction extending beyond Idalia’s forecast cone.
Major Power Outages
Numerous tornado warnings have already been issued, with potential threats far from the storm’s projected path.
Over 230,000 homes and businesses lost power, setting the stage for extensive recovery efforts.
President Joe Biden prepares to address the government’s hurricane response, ready to deploy FEMA teams and supplies.
Tampa International Airport cancels hundreds of flights, while St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport closes its terminal.
Multiple Rescue Missions Launched
Urban search and rescue teams, National Guard members, and the Coast Guard brace for a challenging rescue mission.
Hospitals suspend services, evacuate patients, and construct barriers. Bridges close due to hazardous winds.
Schools, colleges, and universities shut down across Florida while thousands of inmates are relocated to safer facilities.
A state of emergency encompasses much of the state.
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