Hurricane Ian left the effects of devastation in southwest Florida. Vast areas were inundated and 2.5 million residents of the US state were without electricity. Meanwhile, Ian weakened into a tropical storm. There was no official information about casualties. 2.5 million people have already been evacuated.
Along Florida’s southwest coast, waters will rise to three meters in places on Thursday, the Miami Hurricane Center reported.
Police in Fort Myers have received numerous calls from people trapped in flooded homes and from their concerned relatives. Those affected also posted videos on social media showing water reaching the eaves of their homes.
There are also pictures of streets that appear to have turned into rivers. Cars, trees, household items, and debris were washed away by the water.
Water flooded the hospital emergency room in Port Charlotte. The storm also tore part of the roof of the building. The patients in the intensive care unit had to be transferred to another part of the hospital.
Ian is one of the worst hurricanes in the United States
Hurricane Ian is one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the United States. The storm made landfall on Wednesday. At the time, Ian was the fourth and second worst hurricane. Wind speeds were measured at more than 240 kilometers per hour.
The hurricane caused damage up to 700 kilometers inland. As Ian moved inward, his strength waned. Meanwhile, Ian weakened and turned into a tropical storm with winds gusting up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Ian is currently located about 70 kilometers southeast of Orlando and is heading northeast. The storm will hit the coast of South Carolina on Friday.
The danger has not passed yet
The danger to Florida is far from over. In the wake of Ian there are still a lot of showers. For example, in the north-east of the state, precipitation is expected to reach 30 cm.
The time should indicate how long it takes for the water to recede all over the place. Only then will it become clear how widespread the damage is. In any case, the US authorities expect losses estimated at tens of billions of dollars.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said 250 planes and helicopters, 1,600 vehicles and 300 boats were equipped to help civilians as quickly as possible. US President Joe Biden has pledged to support the victims. Before that, he declared the situation in Florida a major disaster.
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Migrants at sea are dying
Before Ian made landfall in Florida, the hurricane was already raging over the western part of Cuba. Two people died there and electricity was cut off on the island.
Ian sank a boat carrying Cuban immigrants on its way to Florida. Twenty people on board are missing, according to US Border Patrol. There were 23 people there, but now the Coast Guard managed to save 3 drowned people. Helicopters resumed the search for victims.
A woman inspects the flooded streets of the Cuban capital, Havana.
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