Cedar Key, Florida, is poised to take the brunt of Idalia when it makes landfall on Wednesday as a Category 3 or 4 Hurricane, prompting meteorologists to warn that the island city has the potential to be “wiped off the map.”

“We’re really narrowing it in here,” said NBC meteorologist Bill Karins while pointing to a computerized map of the area. “And we’ve been talking a lot about Cedar Key; about 700 residents call it home, it’s a big vacation area. It sticks out almost like a pier does into the water. If there’s one spot that is potentially going to be wiped off the map, it would be Cedar Key. That’s where they could have the 15-foot surge. We hope not. We hope it didn’t materialize like that, but at least that’s the potential.”

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