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Hurricane Ian has weakened, but still wreaks "catastrophic" destruction in Florida - voila! news

2022-09-29T08:36:23.352Z

The storm weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 1 overnight, and is now slowly making its way north towards Georgia and South Carolina. Officials are already warning that repairing the damage to infrastructure will take days to weeks, while millions of people remain without power.



Hurricane Ian has weakened, but is still wreaking "catastrophic" destruction in Florida

The storm weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 1 overnight, and is now slowly making its way north towards Georgia and South Carolina.

Officials are already warning that repairing the damage to infrastructure will take days to weeks, while millions of people remain without power.

Tali Goldstein

09/29/2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 10:54 am Updated: 11:32 am

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On video: Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc in Florida September 29, 2022 (Reuters)

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings across South Florida have been canceled today (Thursday) as Hurricane Ian moves north, according to an update from the US National Hurricane Center.

At night, Ian's intensity level was also lowered, from Category 4 to Category 1. "Further weakening is expected during the next day, but Ian may strengthen again as it moves along the east coast of Florida today," the center said.



Hamada Bar, who lives in the city of Aventura in Dade County, north of Miami, told Walla tonight that "we are witnessing mostly wind and rain, but nothing crazy, this is thanks to the fact that the storm changed direction."

The center of the hurricane is now about 90 km southeast of Orlando, moving at a speed of about 14 km/h towards the northeast and approaching northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters)

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters)

The hurricane hit the Florida coast last night with 150 mph winds, heavy rain, flooding and a threatening surge. The storm weakened as it made landfall but officials are still urging residents to take shelter and stay alert because the worst is still ahead.



Thanks to the strong winds, Hurricane Ian Now competing with Hurricane Charley of 2004, the most powerful storm to hit the west coast of the Florida peninsula, according to CNN. Ian may enter the top five hurricanes to hit the peninsula, said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The



National Hurricane Center said that " Catastrophic life-threatening flooding will continue in parts of central Florida." More than two million customers in Florida were left without power tonight, mainly in the southwestern and central regions of the state, according to the site that monitors power outages PowerOutage.us. In several counties in the region, residents are forced to boil water due to damage to the water infrastructure.



Florida officials also warned of widespread flooding across the state.

According to preliminary data, parts of southwest Florida have already recorded record or near-record levels of precipitation.

Thus, the water level in the Horse Creek area near the city of Arcadia reached 6.23 meters, setting a record.

The Peace River in Zulfo Springs rose to a height of 7.29 meters, approaching a record high.



Omri Ash, a resident of Tampa who lives about 15 minutes from Tampa Bay, told Walla that "the peak of the storm was at night and in the morning: objects were flying in the air, the rain did not stop for two days and will continue until the evening or tomorrow and a lockdown has been imposed on Tampa. Businesses are closed, schools are closed and local shelters have opened , and in which are high school students, families and the homeless. Tampa is currently empty of people, people have evacuated, there are no cars and there is no traffic on the roads. In addition, there is no electricity at times and everyone stays at home."



And while the storm continues its course northward, officials are already warning that repairing the damage caused to the electrical infrastructure will take days to weeks.

According to Eric Silji, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, the storm is "a life-changing event.

A powerful and catastrophic storm that will cause heavy damage."

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters)

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters, Marco Bello)

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Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters)

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Authorities in the country launched a search at night for at least 23 people, after a migrant boat sank near the coast, the United States Border Patrol said tonight.

According to Walter Slusar, commander of the Coast Guard in Miami, the Cuban immigrants swam ashore on Stock Island near Key West after their boat sank due to the effects of Hurricane Ian.

The Coast Guard then tweeted that the crew had rescued three people south of the Florida Keys.

They were brought to a local hospital exhausted and dehydrated.



The cities of Naples and Fort Myers ordered a general curfew due to the storm.

According to the police, the emergency curfew will remain in effect for 48 hours "in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of residents and emergency personnel."

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida (Photo: Reuters)

According to data from Colorado State University, Hurricane Ian is one of the most powerful hurricanes in terms of wind speed to ever hit the United States.

The data shows that Ian ranks fifth in strength.

Other storms of such strength were Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Michelle in 2018.

The most powerful hurricane in terms of wind strength was recorded on Labor Day in 1935, when the wind strength was about 300 km/h.



Ian continued to Florida after hitting Cuba and caused a power cut on the entire island. Florida residents began to leave in droves and traffic jams formed on the highways. Schools , writers, amusement parks, hospitals and airports were closed. The Navy moved its ships, and the Coast Guard closed ports.



"This is a significant storm, extremely significant.

We knew she would be like this.

This is an extremely powerful hurricane that will have significant impacts on Southwest Florida, in terms of winds, rain and flooding.

It's going to be a shocking two days," Governor DeSantis said.

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