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According to reports, 45 mph wind gusts were recorded at Tallahassee International Airport during Hurricane Idalia which moved through Tallahassee on Wednesday. Get the details.
President Joe Biden is expected to visit the Big Bend and survey the damage left behind by Hurricane Idalia. Biden said he spoke with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday morning to tell him that the request for a disaster declaration was approved. The declaration will provide for additional funding and resources for Citrus, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee and Taylor County.
This Sunday at 7:30 the No. 8 Seminoles will be in Orlando to take on the No. 5 LSU Tigers on ABC. Scott Carswell Jr. previews the game and makes a prediction.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis was on the ground earlier this week assessing the status of Taylor County and other storm-impacted areas across the Big Bend. He said the silver lining was that Florida’s Nature Coast is one of the more sparsely populated areas in Florida, and that he was proud to see Northwest Florida officials, like representatives from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff’s office already on-site.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that restoring power was “priority one” noting that, at the time, 100 percent of Taylor County residents were without power. However, the bright spot was that nearly 420,000 households have had their power restored.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) managed to clear all state bridges impacted by the hurricane, including the Cedar Key Bridge. The department has also cleared “the vast majority of roadways,” including a 15-mile stretch of I-10 in Madison County that was reopened Wednesday evening.
The Florida Department of Education has released the number of books challenged and books removed from public school libraries. Approximately a total of 300 books were removed ranging with titles like “This Book is Gay,” and topics including sexually explicit instructions for the reader. The county with the most books challenged during that time is Clay County schools, with 489 objects that led to 177 removals.
This weekend is the first full weekend of college football, and Florida State will be in prime time taking on the LSU Tigers in Orlando at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
Florida State golf alumnus Brooks Koepka has been selected to the 2023 Ryder Cup U.S. Team. The biennial event will be played Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Italy.