Hurricane Ian arrived in Florida: "The shelves are empty, the educational institutions are closed"
The storm, at level 4, reached the coast of Florida accompanied by strong winds and flooding.
"Conditions are rapidly deteriorating along the southwest coast of Florida," the National Hurricane Center said.
Yossi Yemini, an Israeli who came to visit Tampa, managed to land a little before the airport closed: "Bottles of water ran out in the stores"
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 4:32 p.m. Updated: 4:51 p.m.
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On video: Hurricane Ian (Reuters)
Hurricane Ian - now a powerful and "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm - one level below the most powerful Category 5 - made landfall in Florida with high winds and significant flooding as it moved up the state's west coast.
"Conditions are deteriorating rapidly along the southwest coast of Florida," the National Hurricane Center tweeted this morning (Wednesday), when the storm was 90 kilometers from the coast. The areas between Naples and Sarasota are the ones at the center of the storm's surge, according to the center. More than -
2.5 million people in the area were ordered to evacuate.
Hamada Bar, a resident of the suburb of Aventura in Dade County, Florida, told Valle that "yesterday was calm.
I waited for the holiday to end and rushed to the store to buy some products that were out of stock.
The shops were full of people at night, mainly Jews who were observing a holiday and came to restock.
The water bottles are sold out in stores.
"Crazy winds blew all night, and at 3:30 in the morning, my husband woke me up to help him bring things from the balcony into the house. In addition, severe flooding has already occurred because the drainage system is not good in several areas, and when I went to one of the stores, the water reached almost to the door. Like Yes, schools and kindergartens, including the private ones, were closed."
Yossi Yamini managed to land at the Tampa airport just hours before it closed.
"We immediately went to a branch of Sam's Club to buy water and food products. In the city of St. Petersburg (also known by its abbreviated name St. Pete) almost all the stores were already closed or empty. We got home and put the garden furniture and flower pots into a warehouse. At home we prepared with replacement lighting in case of an outage Electricity. The children ask a lot of questions and are a little afraid of what will happen if we have to evacuate, but we are optimistic and believe in the best - and of course closely follow the governor's instructions and the media," he told Walla!.
Dawn rises on the Florida coast ahead of Hurricane Ian (Photo: Reuters)
The WhatsApp group "Aventura Mams"
Tracking the storm in a WhatsApp group of Israelis in Florida in the suburb of Aventura (photo: official website, screenshot)
Monitoring the storm and its progress
Ian continued to Florida after attacking Cuba and causing a power outage on the entire island.
Residents began to leave in droves and traffic jams formed on the highways.
Schools, supermarkets, amusement parks, hospitals and airports were closed.
The Navy moved its ships, and the Coast Guard closed ports.
Parts of South Florida have already begun to feel the initial effects of the storm, according to CNN.
Winds of up to 150 mph (slightly less than a Category 5 hurricane) and two more tornadoes lashed Brevard County. Flooding was reported in Key West as well as power outages. "The time to panic is now," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie. He called Ian "a statewide event."
The eye of the storm, its most dangerous part with the most powerful winds, rain and surge, is about 60 km from the coast and will begin to affect in the next few hours. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave a briefing in the night for the hurricane and warned the residents in several western counties of the state about the fact that it is already "impossible to evacuate safely.
" "This is a significant, extremely significant storm.
We knew it would be significant.
Her strengthening last night was significant.
This is an extremely powerful hurricane that will have significant impacts on Southwest Florida, in terms of winds, rain and flooding.
This is going to be a shocking couple of days.
The storm will leave the area on Thursday, we think," he said. According to him, at least 40,000 power outages have already been reported and 30,000 people are ready to restore power throughout Florida."
In addition, there are 5,000 Border Guard soldiers operating in the area and another 2,000 sent from neighboring countries.
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Rains and strong winds began to hit the coastal area (Photo: Reuters)
Preparing for the storm on the coast of Florida (Photo: Reuters)
Eyal Melamed from Miami told Walla that Hurricane Ian is coming at a fast pace to the west coast to the Cape Coral area.
On the other hand, "We on the east coast of the country are expecting a tropical storm that includes winds of about 100 km/h, heavy rains, and accordingly flooding on the roads.
That's why they closed our schools and kindergartens today and some of them tomorrow as well.
"At our airport for small planes there was a lot of damage tonight, and many small planes overturned and were destroyed. In addition, as part of the preparations, people are stocking up on water, cans and covering the windows and doors with special anti-hurricane shutters that protect the windows of the houses. The tropical storm is expected to continue until 17:00 Miami time ".
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor warned that the city "has not yet begun to feel the wrath of Ian. "Our concerns are focused on the wind as well as the rain.
The Tampa Bay area should record 50mm of rain. The water will continue to rise and there will be flooding."
Ian is the first hurricane to hit the United States this year, and the first major hurricane to hit the Tampa area since 1921. Officials issued a hurricane watch Monday and warned of high winds and flooding.
"This is a life-threatening situation," the National Weather Service said.
"People who are in these areas should take all necessary steps to protect life and property from the water and other dangerous situations."