Updated Aug 30, 2023 - Energy & Environment

Giant oak tree hit Florida Gov. DeSantis' mansion, first lady says

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' mansion experienced the impact of Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall in the state as a Category 3 storm on Wednesday.

Driving the news: The storm, continuing inland into Georgia and northern Florida, felled a 100-year-old oak tree that landed on the governor's mansion in Tallahassee, Fla., Casey DeSantis, Florida First Lady, said on Twitter.

Details: Casey DeSantis and her three children were in the home when the tree made impact, but no one was injured, she said.

  • "Our prayers are with everyone impacted by the storm," she said.

Threat level: The storm is expected to bring considerable flooding and potential tornadoes to coastal northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on its way to the northeast.

  • These states, as well as North Carolina, may also see tornadoes in addition to the flooding.
  • It made landfall before 8am ET near Keaton Beach, Fla.. Flooding and storm surge flooding have been reported along the state's coast.

Catch up fast: Hurricane Idalia stands apart from other storms because of the storm setup and the way it approached land, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.

Of note: DeSantis' response to the impacts of Idalia in Florida will be watched by a national audience as he runs for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

  • He spoke with President Biden on Monday, who approved a statewide emergency declaration.

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