On 30 August 2023 the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season kicked off with a bang, as Hurricane Idalia battered the northern Florida coast with 125 mph winds and a 7-foot storm surge, making landfall as a category 3 storm at Keaton Beach, in the Sunshine State’s Big Bend region, at 7:45 AM EDT. Earlier projections had seen the storm coming ashore somewhat further south, in more populous areas, but despite the already swampy terrain and smaller communities in its path, Idalia is estimated to have caused some $9 billion+ in damage. Thankfully, loss of life was minimal, with three traffic-related fatalities attributed to Idalia’s effects.
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After several fairly quiet years, the 2017 hurricane season promises to be one of the worst, and most expensive, in history. Literally millions of people have been affected, displaced, injured or killed, and hundreds of billions of dollars in damage created, by three massive storms, some of the largest on record, which have pounded the Caribbean and the southern shores of the US.