Where power is out amid Hurricane Idalia

Where power is out amid Hurricane Idalia

Energy outages have been anticipated throughout giant elements of Florida as Hurricane Idalia made landfall within the Florida Large Bend as a Class 3 storm round 7:45 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Most sustained winds have been estimated to be about 125 mph, in response to the Nationwide Hurricane Heart.

“Catastrophic storm surge and harmful winds are nearing the Florida Large Bend area,” the replace mentioned. “Whereas Idalia ought to weaken after landfall, it’s prone to nonetheless be a hurricane whereas transferring throughout southern Georgia, and close to the coast of Georgia or southern South Carolina late in the present day.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 49 of the state’s 67 counties throughout the northern half of the state from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast. He urged these in evacuation zones to take action instantly.

“Now’s the time to do it,” DeSantis mentioned throughout a Tuesday evening information convention. “When you wait for much longer . . . the climate’s going to start out getting nastier and nastier.”

Within the 5 a.m. Nationwide Climate Service replace, Idalia was reported to be rushing north-northeast at 18 mph. Idalia may proceed to strengthen earlier than it reaches the coast later this morning, the replace warned.

The Nationwide Climate Service described the storm as an “unprecedented occasion,” saying no main hurricane − Class 3 or larger − had ever slammed the Large Bend’s Apalachee Bay.

Keep updated with energy outages throughout the state with our USA TODAY’s energy outage map.

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Florida energy outage map

As of 6:53 a.m. ET, there have been over 88,000 reported energy outages in Florida, largely alongside the Gulf Coast, in response to PowerOutage.Us.

Pinellas County had over 19,000 reported outages whereas Wakulla County had practically 9,000 reported outages and Sarasota County had over 7,000.

Citrus, Leon and Levy counties all had over 4,000 reported outages.

Wakulla County, Florida energy outage map

Hurricane Idalia path tracker reside

This forecast monitor reveals the probably path of the middle of the storm. It doesn’t illustrate the total width of the storm or its impacts, and the middle of the storm can journey exterior the cone as much as 33% of the time.

Hurricane Idalia spaghetti fashions

Contributing: John Bacon & Christopher Cann, USA TODAY


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