Florida Communities Battered by Hurricane Idalia
Some communities across Florida’s west coast have experienced a “life-changing event” due to Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. The storm caused record water levels, widespread damage to homes, and power outages. Idalia has now weakened to a tropical storm, but it continues to cause flash flooding in eastern North Carolina.
Damage in Florida’s Big Bend Area
The storm wreaked havoc in Florida’s Big Bend area, between the panhandle and peninsula. It ripped roofs off buildings, flooded homes, and pushed seawater onto the coast, causing significant damage. Many of the affected areas are not adequately equipped to handle such powerful hurricanes.
Evacuation and Damage
- Officials urged thousands to evacuate before the storm surge hit.
- The storm caused several record-high water levels and downed power lines.
- Between 4,000 and 6,000 homes were inundated with water in Pasco County alone.
- South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor experienced record-high water levels.
- Over 400,000 homes and businesses were left without power.
Fatalities and Injuries
There were three storm-related fatalities reported as of now:
- One unconfirmed fatality in Florida.
- Two deaths from weather-related crashes in Florida.
- One death in Georgia due to a falling tree.
Current Situation and Warnings
- Tropical Storm Idalia’s center is currently near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
- North Carolina’s coast is expected to be affected by the storm later on Thursday.
- Flash flooding warnings are in effect for parts of North Carolina.
- Thousands of homes and businesses are still without power.
- Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid hazards like downed trees and power lines.
- Boil water notices have been issued in several Florida counties.