Florida’s vulnerable coastal areas were ordered to pack up and leave the area as Hurricane Idalia continues to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and cause heavy rain and flooding.
Cedar Key (US). Florida’s vulnerable coastal areas were ordered to pack up and leave the area as Hurricane Idalia continues to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and cause heavy rain and flooding. Idalia caused heavy rain to lash Cuba on Monday and Tuesday, flooding the country’s tobacco-growing province of Pinar del Río and knocking out many homes.
Idalia had intensified into a Category 2 storm by Tuesday afternoon and by evening had started gusting up to 165 kmph in the affected areas. It is expected to intensify into a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday morning with winds of up to 193 kilometers per hour in the Big Bend area. Big Bend is the area where the Florida Panhandle turns towards the peninsula. Following Idalia’s landfall, Florida, which is dealing with the devastation caused by last year’s Hurricane Ian, is expected to be hit hard. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee called Idalia “an unprecedented event”, as no major hurricane in known history has passed through the Bay adjacent to Big Bend. In Cedar Key, Commissioner Sue Colson is seen packing up documents and electronic products at City Hall along with other city officials. He ordered the mandatory evacuation of all 900 residents of the town.
More than a dozen soldiers were seen going door to door, warning that the storm could cause flooding up to 4.5 meters high. Colson said, “Just one word: Leave the area. This is not something that should be discussed.” Governor Ron DeSantis repeated the warning at a news conference this afternoon. “You really should go now,” he said. Now is the time.” Earlier, DeSantis had stressed that residents did not need to leave the province but should instead move to “higher ground in a safe structure.” People can return to their homes after the storm subsides.
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