RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hurricane Idalia smashed into Florida just to the east of Tallahassee at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, and is now on its way through Georgia.

The hurricane, having previously reached Category 4 status, touched down near Keaton Beach as a Category 3, bringing life-threatening storm surges and rainfall. The National Weather Service (NWS) says it’s possible storm surge could rise as high as 15 feet in some areas.

As of 9 a.m., the storm had been downgraded to a Category 2 but was fierce in its impact across Florida as streets were flooded, boats were unmoored and sent loose at the mercy of the storm, and overall destruction was left in Idalia’s wake.

Idalia is expected to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain across the panhandle of Florida and into portions of Georgia and southeastern South Carolina. The National Hurricane Center is advising residents throughout the impact area to expect mass power outages.

Flash, urban, and moderate river flooding are expected to have a considerable impact from the Florida Big Bend through central Georgia and South Carolina, and into eastern North Carolina into Thursday.

As of Wednesday morning, around 30 counties in Florida were under some type of evacuation order.

In Virginia

The rain from Idalia will reach Southern Virginia by this evening and possibly slide up to areas along and south of I-64 after midnight, and that rain could last into Thursday morning’s commute.

A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for the Outer Banks region Tuesday afternoon.

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