Powerful Hurricane Ian hits the west coast of Florida | The World | D.W.

The eye of Hurricane Ian, considered “extremely dangerous” by the US authorities, made landfall this Wednesday (09.28.2022) near Cayo Costa, in southwest Florida, with winds of 240 kilometers per hour, the National Hurricane Center reported. (NHC) of the US The phenomenon has already caused flooding that has been described as “catastrophic”.

In Florida, Ian left more than a million homes without electricity, according to the specialized site PowerOutage, which records power outages in the United States. The streets of Punta Gorda, in the south of the state, where some passers-by were still walking at noon, suddenly emptied, while the sky turned gray and the showers intensified.

Strong winds, corresponding to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, although close to 5, which is the maximum, uprooted the branches of many palm trees in the center, causing even the electric poles to wobble, when the cyclone was still about 40 kilometers from the city. Additionally, storm surges occurred, raising sea levels and inundating coastal areas.

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In Naples, in southwestern Florida, images from MSNBC showed completely flooded streets and cars floating in the current. “This is a storm that will be talked about for many years,” National Weather Service (NWS) Director Ken Graham said at a news conference. Although winds are expected to weaken after landfall, Ian could be close to hurricane force as it moves over the east coast of Florida tomorrow and as it approaches northeastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina on Friday.

At sea, bad conditions capsized a boat carrying migrants. The coast guard is still searching for 20 missing people, while three others were rescued and four others managed to swim to shore, authorities said. Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who warned that it was no longer possible to “evacuate safely,” asked to pray for those who have decided not to leave their homes in the mandatory evacuation zones.

Of Florida’s 67 counties, all of them declared an emergency since Monday, 18 issued mandatory evacuation orders before Ian’s arrival, according to the federal Department of Emergency Management (FEMA). The shelters were full and closed in the impact zone when Ian arrived and thousands of people chose to leave the coastal areas and move inland to protect their lives.


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