Some may have seen these photos or thought they were from a real life storm. Thankfully, they were simply effects of Hurricane Ida. The real Hurricane Ida devastated parts of Florida back in 1952 and cost the lives of thousands of people.
Hurricane Ida was the sixth costliest hurricane in U.S. history and occurred back in the early morning hours of October 2, 1952. At the time, Hurricane Ida was the strongest hurricane ever to hit Florida. More than ten thousand homes and apartments were destroyed, and more than 26,000 people were displaced.
Incredible Photos Show Terrifying Impact Of Hurricane Ida
According to AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, Hurricane Ida was the most destructive to strike Florida. It is also among the most powerful hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic Basin, hitting the Bahamas while moving northwest. Its sustained winds of 195 mph were well above the 157 mph threshold for a Category 5 hurricane.
Because of Ida’s quickness, the storm caused massive flooding in the state of Florida. More than one hundred rivers reached major flood stage in Florida and some were measured at as much as 23 feet above flood stage.
Seven people lost their lives in Florida due to Hurricane Ida, including four people in two separate drownings in the Florida Keys. Weather conditions were so dangerous during Hurricane Ida that the Florida Highway Patrol closed the main state highway system. You can view some of these photos below.
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