A few hours afterIan‘ made landfall in southwestern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 kilometers per hour, nearly two million people were left without power across dozens of counties across the state.
Specifically, 1,814 users were Totally no electricity or partial to a multitude of counties in Florida, according to the website PowerOutage.us, which tracks blackouts in the United States.
‘Ian’ entered southwest Florida this Wednesday afternoon as a category four hurricane, tying the fifth strongest hurricane in recorded United States historyas collected ‘Washington Post‘.
Hurricane ‘Ian’ recalled the passage of its similar ‘Charley’ of 2004, the strongest to make landfall on the west coast of the Florida peninsula, with winds of 150 kilometers per hour.
Houses are destroyed and some are floating away as Ian’s eyewall hammers southwest Florida. This is video from Fort Myers Beach, Florida off Estero Blvd by Loni Architects pic.twitter.com/6GqrxLRv9Q
— Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) September 28, 2022
“At 3:05 a.m. (local time) the eye of Hurricane ‘Ian’ made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour,” reported the US National Hurricane Center (CNH) on its official Twitter account.
The agency warned thatstorm surges, winds and catastrophic flooding” would continue as the storm moves inland.
Listed as “extremely dangerous”, ‘Ian’, which has around 2.5 million people on evacuation alert, will soon “cause catastrophic storm surges, winds and floods,” warned the CNH.
Near 21 million people prepare to face blackouts and floods in the coming hours and the hurricane is expected to cause more than 67 billion dollars (68.8 billion euros) in damage and loss, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously explained that there are registered at least 200 thousand power outages in the state of Florida, by assuring that the interruption of the electrical network will be “widespread”.
Also on social networks, the president recommended to the public that after Ian passes, they make sure of avoid downed power linesas well as standing water, and stay away from trees to avoid accidents.
(With information from Europe Press)