The US state of Florida awaits the imminent arrival of ‘Idalia’, which is already advancing as a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the National Hurricane Center (CNH), which warns of potential havoc in Georgia and Carolina. from the south.
The NHC, which has reported maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour, has forecast that the cyclone will make landfall on the Big Bend coast. Once on the ground, experts expect it to lose some strength, although all alerts are now activated.
“If you have an evacuation order, it’s time to go,” said the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who in recent days has urged the population to advance to areas that may be at risk and carefully follow all the recommendations of The authorities.
DeSantis has mobilized the National Guard and the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has approved an emergency declaration to also mobilize federal resources. Among the urban centers that are threatened are areas surrounding Clearwater and Tampa — the Tampa International Airport has suspended its operations.
‘Idalia’ will be the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since September 2022, when the state was hit by ‘Ian’. At least 150 people died as a result of this cyclone, which also caused damage of more than 110,000 million dollars.