Hurricane Idalia Makes Landfall On Florida's Big Bend As Category 3 Storm

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023 - 08:18 PM

Update (1113ET): 

Dangerous storm surge. 

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Update (0806ET):

Idalia was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane as it made landfall in the Florida Big Bend. Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 125 mph, according to the latest National Hurricane Center update. 

Idalia made landfall around Keaton Beach. 

Severe flooding is being reported. 

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Hurricane Idalia intensified into a Category 4 storm early Wednesday morning as it is expected to make landfall near Florida's Big Bend area. 

As of 0600 ET, the National Hurricane Center said Idalia was about 55 miles west-northwest of Cedar Key and 95 miles south-southeast of Tallahassee, moving north-northeast at 17 mph. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. 

"Idalia could continue to strengthen before it reaches the Big Bend coast of Florida in a few hours," NHC said, adding, "While Idalia should weaken after landfall, it is likely to still be a hurricane while moving across southern Georgia, and near the coast of Georgia or southern South Carolina late today."

Catastrophic and life-threatening storm surges are expected between the Wakulla/Jefferson County line and Yankeetown. NHC said these areas could expect a wall of water up to 16 feet. 

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee called Idalia "an unprecedented event." The destructive winds have already led to 70,000 utility customers without power in Florida, according to online outage tracker

Images of flooding along Florida's Gulf Coast are already being reported on X. 

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