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Casey DeSantis says a 100-year-old oak tree fell on the governor’s mansion while she and the kids were at home

 August 31, 2023

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has revealed that a 100-year-old oak tree fell on the governor's mansion while she and her children were at home during the landfall of Hurricane Idalia.

Mrs. DeSantis shared on social media that a century-old oak tree fell on the residence in Tallahassee as the storm hit the capital area. She, along with the couple's children, Mason, Madison, and Mamie, were at home at the time, but fortunately, no one was injured. She shared a shocking picture of the massive tree, split in two, draping over part of the historic home, and added, "Our prayers are with everyone impacted by the storm," as the Daily Mail reported.

Hurricane Idalia hits Florida

Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Taylor County, Florida, about 90 miles southeast of Tallahassee.

It was initially a Category 4 storm but was downgraded to a Category 3 upon hitting Florida's coastline and further weakened to a Category 1 as it moved towards Georgia.

Despite the downgrade, officials warned that the storm remained dangerous.

Gov. DeSantis, who was at the state's emergency operations center at the time, said his family was "fine" after the incident.

He mentioned that the tree did not fall directly on the residence but a little bit off to the side.

The governor humorously noted that if the whole tree were cut down, it would create more room for his children to play baseball.

Impact of Hurricane Idalia

Hurricane Idalia claimed two lives in Florida and caused significant damage, including downed trees and power lines.

About 300,000 people in Florida were reportedly without power, and more than 900 flights at airports in Florida and Georgia were delayed or canceled.

The National Hurricane Center warned that some areas of the state could be submerged by 12 to 16 feet of flooding and hit with destructive waves.

President Joe Biden was in contact with the governors of the affected states and ordered FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell to head to Florida to oversee federal assistance.

The White House released a statement saying that the president assured the governors of his administration's full support and that federal teams would work closely with local officials as the storm progressed.

Preparations and response

Gov. DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 49 Florida counties and mobilized 5,500 National Guard members to help with evacuations and building defenses.

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia also declared states of emergency.

Despite the storm's impacts appearing to be less severe than 2018's Hurricane Michael, officials warned residents to be aware of the dangers.

The hurricane stretched from central Florida to southern Georgia, covering around 250 miles.

During a press conference, Governor DeSantis warned not to underestimate the storm as there had been 15 tornado warnings issued.

Conclusion

  • Casey DeSantis revealed that a 100-year-old oak tree fell on the governor's mansion during Hurricane Idalia, but no one was injured.
  • Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida as a Category 3 storm, causing significant damage and claiming two lives.
  • President Joe Biden assured the affected states of his administration's full support and ordered FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell to oversee federal assistance in Florida.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 49 Florida counties and mobilized 5,500 National Guard members for assistance. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia also declared states of emergency.