This is not a hurricane you want to be unprepared for. Take time now to ensure you are properly prepared for Hurricane Idalia.
As of the morning of August 29, 2023, there are 21 Florida counties with an evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Idalia’s arrival.
There seems to be nothing in Idalia’s path to weaken it.
The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are warm, there’s no wind shear, and the only piece of land between the storm and Florida – is Florida. Current storm predictions point to Idalia slamming into Florida as a powerful Category 3 Hurricane.
Idalia is expected to continue gaining strength until it touches over Florida.
Hurricane Idalia is expected to bring Life-threatening storm surge to parts of Florida.
Some areas are expected to have up to 12 or more feet of storm surge.
Storm surge was one of the biggest threats associated with Hurricane Ian when it slammed into Florida in 2022. Hurricane Ian’s storm surge washed away homes, flooded countless properties, and was responsible for multiple deaths.
If you have an evacuation order, please consider taking it seriously.
Immense property damage and life-threatening conditions are likely with a major hurricane.
Powerful winds, tornadic activity, heavy rainfall, lightning, and high storm surge are all possible with Hurricane Idalia. These all pose a major risk to human life, and they can all cause immense damage.
The National Hurricane Center classifies hurricanes between category 3-5 as a major storm.
“Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.”
Hurricane Idalia is expected to bring the following conditions to parts of Florida:
- Sustained winds between 111-129 mph (if it makes landfall as a category 3)
- Winds gusts in excess of 129 mph
- 12+ inches of rainfall
- 8-12 feet of storm surge
- Freshwater flooding is possible from heavy rainfall
- Tornadic activity is possible with any hurricane
Property damage is expected to be in the billions.
If you are a property owner, the time to begin preparing for your damage claim is right now.
Take pictures or videos of your roof and home as soon as possible, but definitely before the storm. This will serve as evidence to show how the storm affected your property in the event your home is damaged from Hurricane Idalia.
Please stay safe and listen to local authorities.