Hurricane Idalia – Key Facts and Safety Tips

Hurricane Idalia intensified to Category 3 strength as it made landfall to Florida on August 30, 2023. Powerful winds, a life-threatening storm surge, and flash flooding caused power outages, evacuations, and the closures of schools, business, and even hospitals.

Mixing with hot ocean temperatures near the Florida shore, this storm has been estimated to grow and leave in its wake a trail of destruction that will forever change lives, homes, and communities.

If you are in an affected area, please take considerable precautions and use any of the storm recovery resources listed below if needed. According to the CDC, basic safety tips for hurricanes and their aftermath include:

  • Floodwaters: Steer clear of floodwaters, as they pose unseen dangers.
  • Electrical Devices: Avoid hazards and never use wet electrical devices.
  • Lighting: Opt for flashlights over candles if the power is out.
  • Carbon Monoxide: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by staying clear of enclosed spaces.
  • Damaged Buildings: Exercise caution around compromised structures.
  • Power Lines: Stay far away from downed power lines.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Consume safe water and food.
  • Hand Hygiene: Maintain hand hygiene through regular washing.
  • Injuries: Address injuries promptly to prevent infections.
  • Mental Well-being: Prioritize your mental health and stay connected to loved ones.

In these uncertain times, please know that you're not alone. As members of the Florida community, Morgan & Morgan stands as a steadfast ally, ready to extend a helping hand to those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. 

If your property has suffered damage in the wake of this storm, don't hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to provide a complimentary case review and can help guide you through the complex process of insurance claims if necessary. While we can’t undo the damage caused by the storm, we might be able to help you get back on track and move forward with your life after this unfortunate event