Hurricane Ian dumped the heavy rains and hit 150mph as it landed ashore in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon.
The slow storm officially landed around Cayo Costa at 15:05, the National Hurricane Center said. Barrier Island is approximately 20 miles west of downtown Fort Myers.
Almost 2 feet of rain were expected to fall in the worst-hit areas, while at least a foot was expected to fall in southwest, central and northeastern Florida.
Ian unleashed a massive storm surge along the coast of the Persian Gulf, Florida. Even before disembarkation, the water was reaching the upper levels of the two-story houses in Fort Myers Beach.
Ian earned his terrifying Category 4 status thanks to the winds, but rain could be a bigger problem in much of Florida. The storm moved slowly before it hit land, then slowed even further as it hovered over the Persian Gulf coast from Tampa to Naples and flooded the area with rain.
“Widespread, life-threatening, catastrophic, urban and river floods are expected in central Florida,” the National Hurricane Center reported.
According to the data, more than 800,000 customers in Florida were without electricity by the time Ian landed ashore PowerOutage.pl. This number was expected to increase as the storm continued its att*ck.
Hurricane-force winds caused damage from Tampa to Naples and also reached further inland.
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“It’s going to be a nasty, nasty day, two days,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said early Wednesday. “It’s going to be a tough episode.”
But Florida isn’t the only state worried about Ian. The forecast path of the storm would lead to the weekend to eastern Georgia and South Carolina. And while Ian will no longer recover from the open waters, the storm is still expected to dump buckets of rain on the region.
“Ian may be close to the force of the hurricane as it traverses the east coast of Florida tomorrow and moves to the northeastern coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina by the end of Friday,” the NHC told the NHC.
In anticipation of the hurricane, President Biden has instructed the heads of federal agencies across the US government to “explode all available resources” into the highest-risk regions of Florida.
More than 1,300 emergency workers were dispatched to Florida before the storm. They arrived before airports shut down operations in Tampa, Orlando, and the Gulf Coast in preparation for the slaughter.
“It will be a storm that we will talk about for many years to come,” warned Ken Graham, director of the National Weather Service. “This is a dangerous, life-threatening storm wave.”
With News Wire services
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