The latest Hurricane, Hurricane Idalia has created somewhere north of a billion dollars in damage. All because the strength that the storm has generated in crashing against so many states in the area of the Southeastern United States. All in regards to original cost estimates from Moody’s Analytics, Hurricane Idalia hit with about $12 billion to $20 billion in damage.
Way back when, Hurricane Ian saw Western Florida as a target, in the realm of a Category 4 storm. Which in itself, has been able to create about $112.9 billion in damages all over the U.S.A., all according to the National Hurricane Center. This, by far, had created it to become the third-most expensive U.S. Hurricane, recorded.
Such damage would be greater if it wasn’t for other factors. The speed that Idalia had moved through the area with and where it was able to make landfall. The weight of the cost isn’t necessarily derived from other counties that had been hit but rather from a huge multi-state area that had been dealing with so much damage, it’s almost been catastrophic. And yet, it was good luck that the storm had been able to hit the ground and rove through the region.
It was only good luck that the storm had made landfall in the Big Bend of Florida.
An area that had less people and structures instead of other areas that had usually been hit by a variety of natural disasters.
In addition to that, property values in the Big Bend area are showing up to be lower. This in turn suppresses damage estimates.
Idalia won’t show as an expensive event. Even then, the climate changes that come from it will lead to other storms that will show growing intensity, while other events will create other instances in time. It’s all relatively scary.