Perry.- State fl This Thursday began to evaluate Damage caused by devastating floods that followed the passage hurricane Adalia, what was reduced to storm And It is now advancing along the coast of the southeastern United States.
Idalia made landfall in Florida on Wednesday after beginning its voyage Monday in Cuba and now Heavy rains and more flooding threaten Georgia In coastal areas, where residents are already suffering from power outages.
in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, more than 310,000 homes lost power Thursday morning, according to the specialized portal PowerOutage.us.
So far, two people have died from complications in their vehicles as a result of the phenomenon, but the Republican governor of Florida ron desantis, He warned that “this may change” given the size of the storm.
State officials noted that rescue teams are working, but acknowledge that it may take some time to reach the blacked-out areas Falling trees or floods.
Idalia stormed Florida, near Keaton Beach, as a Category 3 hurricane on a scale of 5, with… Winds of up to 215 km/h 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). And in some areas of the coast The water rose to five metres. According to NHC.
Then Idalia lost power, but generated winds of about 100 km/h in Georgia and South Carolina.
“There are still many floods” And in Charleston, South Carolina, Ben Almquist, the city’s director of emergency management, told CNN Wednesday night.
The authorities hope that the situation will improve starting Thursday morning.
According to expectations, The storm will end its journey in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday. The authorities called for the evacuation of thousands of people in Florida, although some residents refused to leave their homes.
In the affected city of Perry, the winds uprooted dozens of trees. A pine tree fell on the home of John Kalschmidt (76 years old), who said it was a “terrifying” experience. “It was worse than we expected.” He announced to AFP. “But that’s what it is, that’s life in Florida.”
“Idalia is the strongest storm to make landfall in this part of Florida in over 100 years.” announced Diane Creswell, head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Scientists warn that the storms will become increasingly powerful as temperatures rise due to climate change.
USA President Joe Biden He told reporters that “No one can deny the impact of the climate crisis.”
“Just look around,” he said of the recent “historic floods” or devastating fires in Hawaii and Canada.
France Press agency
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