Our organization is committed to helping the people of Florida when the hurricane make land. We will be providing disaster relief to the communities damaged by the hurricane. We are ready to provide shelter, food, and water. Hurricane Idalia made landfall on Florida’s western coast as a powerful Category 3 storm. It's the strongest storm to make landfall in the Big Bend region in more than 125 years. More than 99,000 customers were without power in Florida on Wednesday morning as Hurricane Idalia closed in on the Sunshine State. Hurricane Idalia has strengthened to a category 2 storm with some parts of Florida already feeling the effects of the storm system, which is expected to become a powerful Category 3 hurricane before making landfall Wednesday. Idalia's landfall strength and storm surge could reach once-in-a-lifetime levels along parts of Florida's Big Bend and Tampa Bay areas.
Providing shelter, food, and water. A tornado touched down in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with 100 mph winds that overturned cars, snapped trees and damaged homes. The city of Palm Beach Gardens said there were reports of roof damage, minor structural damage to buildings, a lot of trees down and a lot vehicle damage in the wake of the EF-2 tornado. The tornado began just east of Interstate 95 and moved northeast across A1A, passing just south of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, it continued. As it moved through the Sanctuary Cove Community it turned more north-northeasterly crossing PGA Blvd near the intersection with U.S. 1.
We are working to assist those affected, but there is a dire need for shelter, food, and water due to the rising number of displaced families. Florida has 33,000 people in shelters, and need 5.5 million meals, and 6.6 liters of clean drinking water. The city of Fort Myers Beach on Florida's southwest coast was leveled by Hurricane Ian, two-thirds down the island, and I'd say 90% of the island is pretty much gone, where homes stood, there's only rubble. Hurricane Ian tossed large boats around like they were "toys" in Florida. The hurricane left millions of people without power and a trail of destruction across Florida as it trapped hundreds of locals inside their flooded homes. Cape Coral reporting significant damage to homes and buildings. Calls that have been coming in are from people still in their homes who have experienced some type of roof, window or door failure. The extremely dangerous conditions that this category 4 hurricane is unleashing, including catastrophic floods and life-threatening storm surge, will continue as the storm advances inland. Florida has surpassed 800,000 customers without power. Lee County, home to Fort Myers and Cape Coral, is still the most affected with more than 293,000 customer power outages. Collier County, which includes Naples and Marco Island, has more than 129,000 customers without power. Sarasota County, which includes the cities of Sarasota and Siesta Key, is at more than 112,000 customers without power.
Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food, and water. with nearly 1,100 homes evacuated, firefighting crews continue to battle several dangerous wildfires across three counties in the Florida Panhandle. The most prominent blaze, the Bertha Swamp Road Fire, expanded over the weekend and remains a threat. The Bertha Swamp (Road) Fire is approximately 9,000 acres and is about 10% contained. The fire, which originated in Gulf County, has spread into neighboring Bay and Calhoun counties just east of Panama City. Another fire even closer to Panama City, the Adkins Avenue fire in Bay County, was 35% contained as of Sunday.
American health-care workers still face dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment as the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 fills hospitals across the nation and threatens patients and workers in long-term care facilities.
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