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International News: Hurricane Idalia strikes Florida’s Big bend causing major flooding and power outage

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2023. 10:28 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Hurricane Idalia intensified to a Category 4 storm before making landfall this morning in Florida.

The powerful storm caused major flooding and knocked off power for over 200,000 residents.

According to Yahoo, Idalia has now been downgraded to a category 1 storm as it crosses into southern Georgia.

Hurricane Idalia is packing winds of 105 miles per hour.

“Catastrophic storm surge occuring along the coast of the Florida Big Bend and damaging winds spread inland over northern Florida,” the National Hurricane Center said.

In addition, weather experts say that the storm is “an unprecedented event,” as no major hurricanes on record have ever passed through the bay abutting the Big Bend.

Airlines have canceled over 850 flights as Hurricane Idalia made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Data from PowerOutage.us indicate that 317,739 homes in Florida and Georgia are now without electricity.

 

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