ne of probably the most highly effective storms ever to hit the US has brought about devastation in Florida and left greater than two million folks with out energy.
Hurricane Ian made landfall close to Cayo Costa as an “extraordinarily harmful” class 4 storm with winds of 150 mph.
A storm surge as excessive as 12ft crashed into the shoreline turning streets into rivers sparking warnings of “life-threatening” flooding.
The city of Fort Myers Seashore was virtually submerged by floodwaters, and a few properties could possibly be seen floating downstream, together with automobiles.
Giant swathes of southern Florida have been left with out energy with 2.2 million left with out electrical energy, in accordance with PowerOutage.us.
Practically each residence and enterprise in three counties was with out energy.
A coastal sheriff’s workplace reported that it was getting many calls from folks trapped in properties.
Whereas the roof of the ICU ward at a hospital in Port Charlotte has been ripped off, a physician who works there has mentioned.
The Nationwide Hurricane Heart warned of “catastrophic flooding”.
It mentioned: “Widespread, life-threatening catastrophic flooding is anticipated throughout parts of central Florida with appreciable flooding in southern Florida, northern Florida, southeastern Georgia and coastal South Carolina.
“Widespread, extended reasonable to main river flooding anticipated throughout central Florida.”
About 2.5 million folks have been ordered to evacuate south-west Florida earlier than Ian hit yesterday afternoon.
The windspeeds made it near a class 5 hurricane, probably the most extreme.
Ian was anticipated to dump 12-18in (30-45cm) of rain throughout a broad space together with Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
By 11pm native time the hurricane was shedding energy because it moved inland, with wind speeds of 90mph.
Storm surges as excessive as 6 ft (2 metres) have been nonetheless anticipated on the alternative aspect of the state, in north-east Florida.
“That is going to be a nasty, nasty day, two days,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned, urging folks in Ian’s path alongside the Atlantic coast to hurry to the most secure potential shelter and keep there.
Mark Pritchett stepped exterior his residence in Venice, some 70 miles south of Tampa, across the time the hurricane churned ashore from the Gulf of Mexico. He referred to as it “terrifying”.
“I actually couldn’t stand in opposition to the wind,” Mr Pritchett wrote in a textual content message. “Rain capturing like needles. My road is a river. Limbs and timber down. And the worst is but to come back.”