Recovery efforts were underway in four states on Thursday as the remains of Hurricane Idalia, still a tropical storm with 60 mph winds, moved into the Atlantic off the coast of the Carolinas.
Idalia made landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and flooding to the state. The storm then weakened to a tropical storm as it moved across Georgia and the Carolinas.
The storm caused widespread power outages and flooding in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. At least 10 people were killed in the storm, and officials are warning of the potential for lingering flooding in some areas.
Crews are working to restore power and clear roads in the affected areas. Officials are also urging residents to stay safe and aware of conditions.
Here are some tips for staying safe during recovery efforts:
- Stay informed about the storm’s progress and potential hazards.
- Follow the instructions of local officials.
- Be aware of your surroundings and avoid flooded areas.
- If you must travel, use caution and allow extra time for your journey.
- Check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or have disabilities.
Recovery efforts are expected to take several days or weeks in some areas. Residents are urged to be patient and understanding as crews work to restore power and clear roads.