Officials of Florida warned people to be prepared for the storm Idalia, as it expanded to a Category-3 hurricane reaching Florida’s Gulf Coast. Official orders for necessary evacuation procedures were passed with alert for a possible major landfall on Wednesday.
The storm gained force while passing over Gulf of Mexico leading high risks and storm alerts for about 14 million residents of Florida.
As per reports of National-Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, recorded speed of Idalia winds is about 176 kph (111 miles/hour) with high possibilities of being a major-hurricane to strike the shore on Wednesday morning. The NHC projected – Idalia’s possible center to be at the Big Bend region that is the common point for northern panhandle and Florida’s Gulf of Peninsula.
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis stated – “Buckle up for this one,” in some news on Monday.
Storm alerts considering the possible dangers to the residents have been enacted from Sarasota in North covering Tampa continuing up to the Apalachicola Bay in the West.
NHC stated – As per the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, Idalia might convert into a major hurricane of Category-3 before it hits Florida on Wednesday morning making it fourth largest hurricane to hit Florida after the Irma (2017), Michael (2018) and Category – 5 Ian over the past seven years.
Further NHC stated – “Idalia was churning about 135 km/h (85 mph) from western tip of Cuba as it moved towards North, attaining maximum speed of 120 km/h (75mph).