Hurricane Idalia’s Historic Landfall: Devastating Winds, Flooding, and Impact

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Hurricane Idalia, a Category 3 storm, made historic landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast, hitting the Big Bend area and causing widespread damage. The storm brought destructive winds, storm surge, and flash flooding, leaving over 400,000 without power. While the storm weakened to Category 1, it continued to move through Georgia and the Carolinas with hurricane-force winds and heavy rain. Although Gov. Ron DeSantis reported no confirmed fatalities, two rain-related crashes resulted in deaths. The storm was the strongest to hit the region in 125 years. Idalia’s impact included flooding streets, power outages, and significant storm surge along the Gulf Coast.