USA: Hurricane Ian destroys millions of homes without power in Florida

USA: Hurricane Ian destroys millions of homes without power in Florida

Hurricane Ian, which authorities classify as “Extremely Dangerous,” knocked out power to more than a million homes in Florida on Wednesday, according to specialist website PowerOutage, which details the power outages. Ian, which made landfall in the southwest of the state in the afternoon, has already caused significant flooding and very violent gusts of wind.

Wednesday’s hurricane caused “sea submersion, winds and catastrophic flooding across the Florida peninsula,” according to the center. In Naples, southwest Florida, images from the MSNBC channel showed streets completely flooded and cars adrift in the current. According to PowerOutage, as of 4:30 p.m. local time, more than a million homes were without power, mostly in the area where Ian landed. In some coastal counties, a majority of residents were without power, according to the website.

The hurricane is expected to hit the Atlantic on Thursday evening

The streets of Punta Gorda in the south of the state, where a few passers-by were still out and about at noon, suddenly emptied on Wednesday afternoon as the sky turned greyish and the showers intensified, AFP journalists saw. Strong winds ripped off the branches of many downtown palm trees and even shook power poles, although the cyclone was still about forty kilometers from the city.

The weather phenomenon has already devastated western Cuba in recent days and is then expected to move inland during the day and emerge over the western Atlantic by Thursday evening, according to the NHC.


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