Hurricane Idalia ripped via Florida’s Big Bend area Wednesday, bringing record-high floodwaters to communities alongside the state’s Gulf Coast.
Idalia, which made landfall as a Category 3 storm early within the day, is the strongest hurricane to land within the area in additional than a century. There are at the very least two traffic deaths probably related to the storm, and practically 400,000 folks have misplaced energy in Florida and Georgia, the place the hurricane is starting to unleash its fury.
President Joe Biden referred to as on Americans to acknowledge the record-breaking storm, together with a number of different ongoing climate disasters, as a symptom of a warming planet.
“I don’t think anybody can deny the impact of the climate crisis anymore. Just look around,” he mentioned in remarks on Wednesday. “Historic floods, more intense droughts, extreme heat, significant wildfires have caused significant damage like we have never seen before.”
See the images beneath of the storm’s influence on the Big Bend area, the place the Florida Panhandle curves into the peninsula.