100-year-old oak tree falls on Florida Gov. DeSantis’ mansion while family was inside in wake of Hurricane Idalia.

Hurricane Idalia has caused significant damage and loss of life as it struck Florida and Georgia. The hurricane made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast as a Category 3 major hurricane, bringing widespread flooding, storm surges, and hurricane-force winds. As the storm moved into Georgia, it was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane.

Tragically, at least two people have lost their lives due to the dangerous conditions caused by Hurricane Idalia. A 40-year-old man in Pasco County died after losing control of his vehicle while driving in the hurricane. Another 59-year-old man from Gainesville died after veering into a ditch and hitting a tree while driving.

The impact of the hurricane can also be seen in the power outages. Over 295,000 homes and businesses in Florida and 144,000 customers in Georgia were without power as of Wednesday afternoon. However, there have been efforts to restore power, with more than 100,000 households in Florida having their power restored by Wednesday morning.

To ensure the safety of residents, mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were issued for more than two dozen counties along the Florida Gulf Coast. This was in response to the potential catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Idalia, including storm surge of up to 16 feet and life-threatening winds.

Hurricane Idalia serves as a reminder of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian just 11 months ago. Both hurricanes followed a similar path over the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in Florida. The importance of preparedness and response measures cannot be overstated, with thousands of workers and first responders mobilized to help mitigate the impacts of the storm.

The authorities will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide necessary updates and assistance to affected areas.

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