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"Ian" in America: the hurricane has weakened, but the danger remains Israel today

2022-09-29T08:48:43.812Z

After entering West Florida at a speed of 240 km/h, "Ian" makes its way northeast, leaving behind flooding and destruction • More than two million homes remain without power • A state of emergency has been declared in South Carolina and Georgia



Hurricane "Ian", one of the strongest to hit the US in recent decades, is currently making its way through Florida and has already left more than two million homes and businesses - a fifth of all electricity network customers in the country.

"Ian" is approaching the coast of Florida.

It has since weakened, photo: E.P

The storm, which hit Florida near Fort Myers with winds of 240 km/h, has weakened in recent hours, and the winds now reach a speed of "only" 120 km/h.

The eye of the storm is about 95 km southwest of Orlando and is moving toward northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Along with the latter two, Virginia and North Carolina have also declared a state of emergency.

Who will rescue the rescuers?

Firefighters in Naples, Florida, photo: AP

Meanwhile, in the areas where the storm passed, the amount of precipitation caused widespread flooding of private homes and businesses.

"Our streets are under water," said Mike McNeese, the mayor of Marco Island, a resort town on an island in western Florida. "It's impossible to distinguish between the streets and the canals at this point."

Fort Myers is flooded, photo: Reuters

In Fort Myers, the water flooded a broadcast studio of a local TV station and caused the interruption of the broadcast.

"I looked out the window and I just saw my car being carried by the current," Cheryl Berbrick, a Missouri resident who came to Fort Myers for vacation, told NBC, "and my car is not the only one. Refrigerators are also floating out here."

To illustrate, the Peace River near Zolfo Springs rose to 7.29 m - 2.3 times the average.

The winds also caused extensive damage.

Thus, the roof of the intensive care unit at the hospital in Port Charlotte was ripped off and exposed to the storm about 160 patients who were there.

The staff had to evacuate the patients to safe places, which caused dangerous overcrowding in some of the rooms in the unit.

"The flood flooded the upper floor and the water flowed down the staircases," Dr. Birgit Bodin, a doctor at the hospital, told CNN.

Despite the storm weakening to a Category 1, authorities in Florida warned of widespread flooding.

Even before the peak of the storm, 30 mm of rain fell in Orlando alone, another 10 mm is expected later in the day. 

Despite the power outage: the figure of Che Guevara is illuminated in Revolution Square in Havana, tonight, photo: AFP

In the meantime, in Cuba, where "Ian" struck, there is already peace, the electricity network in particular and the damages in general are being restored.

Two people were killed during the storm on the island.

At least 20 immigrants, who left Cuba, are considered missing.

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Source: israelhayom

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