Florida Pummeled by Catastrophic Storm Surges and Life-Threatening Winds as Hurricane Idalia Makes Landfall

The Category 3 storm arrived at the height of an unprecedented hurricane season characterized by record-warm water temperatures.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Hurricane Idalia came ashore Wednesday in Florida’s Big Bend region before churning into Georgia, threatening catastrophic storm surges and life-threatening winds as the latest in an extraordinary year of weather-related disasters in the United States.