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Category 3 Hurricane Adalia Causes Devastation in Florida and Heads Towards Georgia

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Category 3 Hurricane Adalia Causes Devastation in Florida and Georgia

Hurricane Adalia, a Category 3 storm, has caused widespread damage in Florida and is now heading towards Georgia. The storm has led to flooding of homes and vehicles, leaving nearly 375,000 customers without power in both states. Strong winds have resulted in the destruction of signs, flying sheet metal, and snapped trees.

Florida Impact

Adalia made landfall in the sparsely populated Big Bend area of Florida, near Keaton Beach, as a Category 3 storm with winds reaching 205 kilometers per hour (125 mph). Fortunately, there have been no confirmed storm-related deaths in Florida, but there have been reports of fatal traffic accidents that may be attributed to the storm.

State officials, along with 5,500 National Guard personnel and rescue crews, are actively engaged in search and recovery efforts. The rural nature of the affected areas makes the process more time-consuming compared to urban areas. Fallen trees and debris have caused road blockages and damaged buildings throughout the region.

Georgia’s Encounter

As Adalia crossed into Georgia, it maintained hurricane strength with winds of 90 mph. It is expected to transition into a tropical storm as it moves towards the Carolinas. Some models suggest that Adalia might head back towards land, while others predict it will move further into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Georgia experienced uprooted trees, heavy rain, and damaged structures, but there have been no confirmed reports of injuries.

Impacted Communities

Various towns and areas have been severely affected by Hurricane Adalia. Cedar Key encountered fallen trees, debris, and propane tank explosions. In St. Armands Circle, roads were submerged, and in Tampa, floods turned Bayshore Boulevard into a river.

Residents in Wakulla County, Florida, were urged to evacuate. Many sought refuge in motels, with some traveling as far as Alabama to find available rooms.

Recovery Efforts and Future Concerns

Efforts are underway to repair the damage caused by Adalia. Over 30,000 public utility workers are working to restore power, and airports are expected to resume operations soon. The National Weather Service has described Adalia as an “unprecedented event” due to the lack of major tornadoes passing through the bay adjacent to Big Bend.

Looking ahead, Bermuda officials have issued a warning that Adalia could potentially impact the island as a tropical storm. President Joe Biden has assured Florida Governor Ron DeSantis of federal support in dealing with any destruction caused by the hurricane.

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