Update 2023-08-29: Georgia declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Idalia 2023-08-29.
Hurricane Idalia is now Category 1 and is headed a bit farther west, taking it straight up the Suwannee River Basin.
Cat 1 means sustained winds of at least 74 mph, up to 95 mph. Inland it will probably rapidly degrade to a Tropical Storm. That still means 39-73 mph winds.
Before landfall, Hurricane Idalia may strengthen to cat 2 (96-110 mph with extensive damage) or cat 3 (111-129 mph with devastating damage).
I’m going out and securing anything that might turn into a projectile, even though I’m about a hundred miles from the Gulf Coast.
For those who are tired of being warned: this is a hurricane. It’s much better to be prepared than sorry.
I drove up from Gainesville yesterday, and there were already rain gusts strong enough to buffet my car and to cause everyone on I-75 to slow to 45 MPH. When the wind gets up to 50 MPH, you don’t want to be driving, even if you don’t run into flooding or bridges out. At 74 MPH, you want to be inside something solid. Continue reading