With the southeastern United States experiencing widespread flooding and damage from high winds, Idalia is no longer a hurricane but a “tropical storm.”
Idalia’s intensity decreases but the alert persists. This Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center announced that Hurricane Idalia had been downgraded to a “tropical storm”.
“The risk of freshwater flooding, storm surge and strong winds persists across parts of Georgia and the Carolinas,” the National Hurricane Center communicated on X, formerly Twitter.
Floods and damage
Florida faces widespread flooding on Wednesday after the passage of Idalia, which uprooted trees and power lines in its wake and is now sweeping the state of Georgia.
Idalia, which carried winds of up to 150 km/h, made landfall at 7:45 a.m. local near Keaton Beach, Florida as a category 3 hurricane on a scale of 5, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). It was first downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, then to a tropical storm.
Despite the damage, the authorities seem to consider that the worst has been avoided. “We were spared and blessed,” said Sheriff Robert McCallum of Levy County.
Some of the affected areas “had never been hit by a major hurricane before,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
President Joe Biden, however, recalled that we must “remain vigilant” as the hurricane continues its path through the southeast of the United States.
Nearly 300,000 homes were without electricity on Wednesday in Florida and more than 200,000 in Georgia, according to the specialist site Poweroutage.us.
Source: BFM TV