From boarded up windows to closed gas pumps: Florida is bracing for “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Adalia. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency for large parts of the state on Monday.
Idalia is likely to make landfall as a Category 4 (on a scale of 5) hurricane. Wind speeds are expected to reach at least 210 kilometers per hour.
In addition, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis noted that the storm surge could cause “life-threatening flooding.” As for coastal areas, waves with a height of 4.5 meters should be taken into account.
US President Biden already declared a state of emergency on Monday. Therefore, emergency services laid off staff and resources so that Florida could optimally prepare for the hurricane.
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Idalia was already causing trouble in Cuba
Idalia has already caused a lot of inconvenience in Cuba. Streets were flooded and strong winds also caused great damage. At that time it was not yet a hurricane, but a tropical storm. Idalia is getting stronger as she hurtles towards Florida.
Cuba’s coastal cities were particularly hard hit. Residents were evacuated, homes were reinforced, and fishing boats docked. The fishing village of Guan, an hour’s drive south of Havana, was completely submerged.
The last hurricane to hit Florida was Ian, in September 2022. Then 150 people died due to the natural disaster. The damage amounted to more than 90 billion euros.
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