Hurricane season is definitely picking as Hurricane Idalia heads to the West Coast of Florida, looking to come ashore Wednesday with winds as high as 115 mph. Due to the warm water in the Gulf of Mexico, the storm is expected to strengthen as it heads northward, possibly reaching or even exceeding Category 3 strength.
In addition to high winds, hurricanes usually drive storm surges and heavy rains, both of which can cause flooding. While high winds damage houses, tip over trees, and bring down power lines, flooding can cause significant damage, often after the hurricane comes ashore. Those int he path of the hurricane or within its expected rain bands should prepare accordingly. This includes having a supply of drinking water, shelf-stable food, and possibly a generator, all things may preppers already have.