Florida restores power and begins clean up after Idalia wreaks havoc

Idalia Gas Station A storm-damaged gas station is reflected in a puddle after Hurricane Idalia crossed the state on August 30, 2023 in Perry, Florida. The storm made landfall at Keaton Beach, Florida as a category 3 hurricane. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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Important Takeaways:

  • Idalia turns deadly, wreaks havoc from Florida to the Carolinas
  • Two men were killed in weather-related crashes, which may be linked to Idalia, as nearly half of a million power outages resulted from the storm. Fierce storm surge engulfed homes and caused destruction along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
  • Over half of a million power outages resulted from the storm across Florida and Georgia at its peak, according to PowerOutage.us. Winds gusted to 85 mph in Florida and over 60 mph in Georgia and the South Carolina coast. The number of outages has decreased since peaking on Wednesday, falling to around 310,000 by late Wednesday night and 133,000 by early Friday morning.
  • AccuWeather’s preliminary estimate of the total damage and economic loss from Hurricane Idalia in the southeastern United States is $18 billion to $20 billion.

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