Idalia makes landfall in Northwest Florida

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The impact occurred around 7:45 a.m. (11:45 GMT), according to data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane.

Hurricane Idalia made landfall this Wednesday on the coast of northwest Florida, near keaton beachwith winds of 125 miles per hour (205 km/h), as reported by the US National Hurricane Center.

The impact occurred around 7:45 a.m. (11:45 GMT), according to data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane.

Sea levels in the area are rising rapidly, according to the NHC. On Cedar Key, farther south than Keaton Beach, a NOAA tidal buoy has recorded a 5.9-foot (1.7-meter) rise in water level.

The hurricane is now moving north-northeast at 18 miles per hour (30 km/h).

According to the winds recorded by the hurricane hunter plane, Idalia is a hurricane with category 3 winds when it has made landfall. About two hours before landing, its winds were 130 miles per hour (225 km/h), that is, category 4.

According to the NHC, although Idalia should weaken after landfall, it is likely to remain a hurricane as it moves through southern Georgia and near the Georgia or southern South Carolina coast later today.

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