After making landfall on the Florida coast, the Hurricane Idalia generated a storm surge of up to 12 feet above the ground. Further reports say the hurricane also destroyed communities, houses, businesses, and forests between the Gulf of Mexico and southern Georgia.On August 30, the National Weather Service initially announced that the Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall on the coast of Florida and generated a surge of seawater of up to 12 feet above the normally dry ground.
According to Czachor, Hurricane Idalia’s winds momentarily reached 130 miles per hour before it made landfall near the Keaton Beach with winds of 125 miles per hour. Further reports say a weather service survey team revealed that Hurricane Idalia pushed the water levels more than 33 miles of the coast to the north and south of the center.
Damages Caused by Hurricane Idalia
According to Voyles Pulver, the Hurricane Idalia was the first Category 3 storm to make landfall on the coast of Florida in decades. Nonetheless, reports say that the Hurricane Idalia brought devastation to the frontline communities in the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed houses, businesses, and forests in the areas between the Gulf of Mexico and the southern part of the state of Georgia.