May 24, 2024
BY ANNA SKINNEROn Wednesday, Hurricane Idalia’s powerful storm surge flooded Florida’s Gulf Coast. The storm caused massive damage when it made landfall. For days, forecasters have warned Floridians that Idalia will quickly intensify in warm Gulf waters as it moves past Cuba and approaches the state. The storm made landfall around 7:45 am near Keaton Beach, in Taylor County. This is about 75 miles south of Tallahassee. The storm surge or rise in the sea level during a storm can be one of the most hazardous aspects of a storm. A super moon occurred overnight. This meant that the high tides […]

BY ANNA SKINNER
On Wednesday, Hurricane Idalia’s powerful storm surge flooded Florida’s Gulf Coast. The storm caused massive damage when it made landfall.

For days, forecasters have warned Floridians that Idalia will quickly intensify in warm Gulf waters as it moves past Cuba and approaches the state. The storm made landfall around 7:45 am near Keaton Beach, in Taylor County. This is about 75 miles south of Tallahassee.

The storm surge or rise in the sea level during a storm can be one of the most hazardous aspects of a storm. A super moon occurred overnight. This meant that the high tides had already been raised by a foot above normal. The potential for damage was increased. On Wednesday morning, several videos showing the damage caused by storm surges began to circulate on social media.

According to video footage from a camera which captured the waves and surge, the water rose by at least 10 feet on Horseshoe Beach.

Another video shows cars driving along the Howard Frankland Bridge that connects St. Petersburg with Tampa, over Old Tampa Bay. Ocean water is seen encroaching on the road.

A second video shows the storm surge flooding into a condo in Cedar Key. AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist Adam Douty said to Newsweek the storm surge in Cedar Key was approximately 6.8 feet.

Reed Timmer, a meteorologist, posted on X (formerly Twitter) that Hurricane Idalia caused structural damage to a condo complex and blew out its doors.

In a video that had been viewed over 8,000 times by Wednesday afternoon, a roof of the Seaside Resort at Fort Myers Beach was seen flying off.

The Weather Channel released a video showing the landfall of the storm in Keaton Beach, where the Gulf Coast town was flooded.

Spectrum News 13 posted a video of a storm surge that swept through Steinhatchee.

Moving across your screen’s center? “That’s a garbage,” Bay News 9 Anchor Jeff Butera shared the video.

The winds of Hurricane Idalia were also strong. One video from Perry shows the wind splitting a tree into two halves.

The National Hurricane Center has warned that storm surges could reach 12 feet in Florida’s Big Bend. Areas just to the north and south of this area may also receive up to 12 foot. The entire state’s Gulf Coast could be affected by storm surge.

On Wednesday, Hurricane Idalia’s powerful storm surge flooded Florida’s Gulf Coast. The storm caused massive damage when it made landfall.

For days, forecasters have warned Floridians that Idalia will quickly intensify in warm Gulf waters as it moves past Cuba and approaches the state. The storm made landfall around 7:45 am near Keaton Beach, in Taylor County. This is about 75 miles south of Tallahassee.

The storm surge or rise in the sea level during a storm can be one of the most hazardous aspects of a storm. A super moon occurred overnight. This meant that the high tides had already been raised by a foot above normal. The potential for damage was increased. On Wednesday morning, several videos showing the damage caused by storm surges began to circulate on social media.

According to a video taken by a camera, the water rose 10 feet or more at Horseshoe Beach.

Hurricane Idalia Tarpon Springs

Aerial view of Tarpon Springs in Florida, showing a fire as the floodwaters inundate downtown after Hurricane Idalia passes offshore.

Another video shows cars driving along the Howard Frankland Bridge that connects St. Petersburg with Tampa, over Old Tampa Bay. Ocean water is seen encroaching on the road.

A second video shows the storm surge flooding into a condo in Cedar Key. AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist Adam Douty said to Newsweek the storm surge in Cedar Key was approximately 6.8 feet.

Reed Timmer, a meteorologist, posted on X (formerly Twitter) that Hurricane Idalia caused structural damage to a condo complex and blew out its doors.

This video was viewed more than 70,000 times.

In a video viewed over 8,000 times by Wednesday afternoon, a roof of the Seaside Resort at Fort Myers Beach had been blown off.

The Weather Channel released a video showing the landfall of the storm in Keaton Beach, where the Gulf Coast town was flooded.

Spectrum News 13 posted a video of a storm surge that swept through Steinhatchee.

Moving across your screen’s center? “That’s a garbage,” Bay News 9 Anchor Jeff Butera shared the video.

The winds of Hurricane Idalia were also strong. One video from Perry shows the wind snapping an entire tree in two.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), a government agency, warned that storm surges could reach 12 feet in Florida’s Big Bend. Areas just to the north and south of this area may also receive up to 12 foot. The entire state’s Gulf Coast could be affected by storm surge.

Newsweek reported that Douty said, “The worst is probably over but the water level will continue to rise for the remainder of the day.”

The storm surge can be the most deadly part of a hurricane because many people do not realize how fast the water will rise.

Jonathan Porter, chief meteorologist at AccuWeather told Newsweek that surge is an unusual threat. We have seen wind, rain and other weather conditions and have some idea of the severity of these events. Surge is something that not many people are familiar with, and it’s surprising how fast the water can rise. “It tends to take people off-guard who are not prepared.”

Idalia will impact Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. It is then predicted that it will exit into the Atlantic Ocean. Forecast models predict that the storm will circle back to Florida for a second hit, but most track the storm to disappear in the Atlantic Ocean.

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