- In the afternoon, over 524 thousand. homes and businesses were without electricity. In total, it affected over 830 thousand. customers of energy companies
- Much of West Central Florida and its hinterland are facing a disaster: a “historic” storm wave of up to 5.5m is possible, capable of engulfing coastal homes, CNN points out
- Ian is the worst hurricane to hit Florida’s west coast in recent decades
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Hurricane Ian has hit the land in the state of Florida. Now is the apex of its destructive activity, but the effects of the “monster”, as meteorologists call it, were already visible before. The forecasts are alarming.
From 4:45 pm local time, which is less than two hours. After Hurricane Ian landed, the number of power cuts in Florida exceeded 1 million.
Colin McCarthy, an American extreme phenomenon expert, warns on Twitter: “Hurricane Ian has turned into a beast.” “Absolute madness”, “it’s a monster” – other experts write.
The eye of Hurricane Ian reached the coast of Florida on Wednesday just after 2 p.m. 15 local time near Cayo Costa. In the afternoon, over 524 thousand. homes and businesses were without electricity. In total, it affected over 830 thousand. customers of energy companies.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian struck the southwestern coast of Florida in a wind speed of approximately 249.5 km / h, making it a Category 4 hurricane. As explained by the NHC, a hurricane reaches category 5 with a wind force exceeding 256.6 km / h.
Ian is the worst hurricane to hit Florida’s west coast in recent decades. It rivals Hurricane Charley of 2004. There have been only two Category 5 hurricanes in America in the last 30 years. Both have struck Florida.
Meteorologists warn large areas of the state will experience “catastrophic storm waves, high winds, heavy rains and floods.”
– Much of West Central Florida and its hinterland are facing disaster: a “historic” storm wave of up to 5.5 meters is possible, capable of engulfing coastal homes; rain can flood much of the state, and crushing winds can destroy homes and cut electricity supplies for days or weeks, CNN points out.
He quotes a man in Myers Beach who witnessed Ian’s mighty blow.
– The storm wave is very big. We see cars and boats floating on the street. We see trees almost broken in half. There is quite a lot of chaos in the streets, reported local architect Frank Loni.
In Florida, millions of residents are covered by evacuation orders. But state governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that in some counties it is too late to escape safely.