‘My Street Is a River': Heavy Flooding as Hurricane Ian Inundates Southwest Florida
Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., swamping city streets with water and smashing trees along the coast.
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“We were going to stay and then just decided when we got up, and they said 155 mph winds," Hawver said.CBS2 The latest forecast models show the storm hitting near Fort Myers as a powerful Category 4 storm late Wednesday."We don’t have a generator.I just don’t see the advantage of sitting there in the dark, in a hot house, watching water come in your house." NASA shared images of Hurricane Ian shot from the International Space Station on Wednesday.By CBS New York Team https://www.Florida Gov.5 million Floridians are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, DeSantis said.
Ron DeSantis said the state has 30,000 linemen, urban search and rescue teams, and 7,000 National Guard troops from Florida and elsewhere ready to help once the weather clears."This is going to be a nasty nasty day, two days," DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday.Florida residents rushed ahead of the impact to board up their homes, stash precious belongings on upper floors and join long lines of cars leaving the shore.Some decided to try and ride out the storm.Jared Lewis, a Tampa delivery driver, said his home has withstood hurricanes in the past, though not as powerful as Ian.Ian made landfall in Cuba's Pinar del Rio province, where officials set up 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people, and took steps to protect crops in the nation's main tobacco-growing region.
“It is kind of scary, makes you a bit anxious,” Lewis said.“After the last year of not having any, now you go to a Category 4 or 5.We are more used to the 2s and 3s.” Ian made landfall more than 100 miles south of Tampa and St.Petersburg, sparing the densely populated Tampa Bay area from its first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.5 million people were ordered to evacuate.
Officials warned residents that Tampa could still experience powerful winds and up to 20 inches of rain.In a striking scene reminiscent of 2017’s Hurricane Irma, water in Tampa Bay receded ahead of Hurricane Ian’s arrival, leaving the sandy bottom exposed.“Please, please, please be aware that we are not out of danger yet,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a video on Twitter.“Flooding is still going to occur.” Ash Dugney warily watched ocean water being sucked out below a Tampa Bay pier Wednesday morning.Landfall south of the bay could make the impact "much less bad," McNoldy said.
He said he didn’t trust Tampa’s storm drainage system to keep his corner tuxedo rental business safe from flooding that he said has happened even during mild storms.“I don’t care about the wind and the rain and the stuff like that, I just care about the flooding,” Dugney said, adding that he moved essentials out of the shop and moved other items up to above waist-high level.Flash floods were possible across all of Florida.Hazards include the polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons of slightly radioactive waste contained in enormous ponds that could overflow in heavy rains.Pictures: ‘Catastrophic' Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall in Florida Isolated tornadoes spun off the storm well ahead of landfall.Ron DeSantis urged people to prepare for extended power outages, and to get out of the storm's potential path.
One tornado damaged small planes and a hangar at the North Perry Airport , west of Hollywood along the Atlantic coast.More than 1 million homes and businesses were without electricity, and Florida Power and Light warned those in Ian’s path to brace for days without power.The federal government sent 300 ambulances with medical teams and was ready to truck in 3.7 million meals and 3.5 million liters of water once the storm passes."This thing's the real deal," DeSantis said.
“We’ll be there to help you clean up and rebuild, to help Florida get moving again,” President Joe Biden said Wednesday.“And we’ll be there every step of the way.That’s my absolute commitment to the people of the state of Florida.” AP and NBC 6.
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Tracking Hurricane Ian: Major hurricane making its way toward western FloridaHere are the latest model runs of HurricaneIan's track as the powerful storm heads toward Florida.
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Hurricane Ian powers up to a Category 4 hurricane as it nears FloridaIan is expected to get even stronger over the warm Gulf, reaching top winds of 130 mph as it approaches Florida. Why do we build in harms way and then expect the government to bail us out when disasters strike?
Hurricane Ian powers up to a Category 4 hurricane as it nears FloridaIan is expected to get even stronger over the warm Gulf, reaching top winds of 130 mph as it approaches Florida.
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