Thousands Lose Power Over Florida’s Gulf Coast After Hurricane Idalia Rips Through Florida

By  //  August 30, 2023

Idalia hits Florida as Category 3 Hurricane

ABOVE VIDEO: “We will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of those in the path of Hurricane Idalia. Looters beware, Floridians will defend their homes and families,” said Gov. DeSantis.

(FOX NEWS) – Hurricane Idalia made landfall over Florida’s Gulf Coast as a “catastrophic” Category 3 storm Wednesday at 7:45 a.m., leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power, officials said. It has since been downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

Idalia produced storm surges that reached several feet in some areas and brought damaging winds that howled up to 130 miles per hour at one point, according to the National Hurricane Center. It also caused flooding that completely encompassed Floridian roadways when it passed the Apalachee Bay and made landfall over Florida’s Big Bend region, where the peninsula merges into the Panhandle.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he had directed law enforcement to “protect people’s property.

“We are not going to tolerate any looting in the aftermath of a natural disaster. I mean it’s just ridiculous that you would try to do something like that on the heels of an almost Category 4 hurricane hitting this community,” DeSantis said.