Hurricane Ian: Waves flood roads in Key West as storm strengthens to Category 4
After spending most of Thursday as a tropical storm, Ian has been upgraded to a hurricane once again as it targets the South Carolina coast.
The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET update that Hurricane Ian was “targeting Carolina and Georgia with life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds.”
The hurricane is now moving from north to northwest at about 10 mph with maximum sustained winds increasing to 75 mph with strong gusts.
“Ian could strengthen a bit before making landfall tomorrow, and is expected to weaken rapidly over the southeastern United States late Friday into Saturday,” the warning said.
Dozens of rescues are underway across Florida after unprecedented flooding from one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the United States.
Thousands were stranded across the state as Coast Guard helicopters were seen pulling people off rooftops after water poured several feet into nearby neighborhoods. About 2.5 million people currently live without electricity.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis described the hurricane as a “500-year flood event” and said major infrastructure was badly damaged including the Sanibel Bridge in southwest Florida and the bridge to Pine Island, near Fort Myers.
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Florida in the wake of the catastrophic effects. “This may be the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history,” he later said during a briefing at FEMA headquarters.
The effects of Hurricane Ian could wreak havoc on the insurance market: ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it is’
ICYMI: Hurricane Ian caused widespread devastation to Florida, with many areas facing months or years of rebuilding, and for many residents, the recovery process could be lengthy without proper flood insurance, property insurance or other damage compensation.
Our Ethan Friedman has the details.
In the aftermath of a storm, homeowners can be left to bear most of the repair and rebuilding bill without insurance assistance
Graeme MasseySeptember 30, 2022 02:04
Two deaths on Sanibel Island, officials say
About 200 families remained on the island during Hurricane Ian, and Mayor Holly Smith says two people died.
Rescuers took 40 people off the island, which was cut off after its bridge collapsed, by boat on Thursday. The mayor said 12 of those were injured during the storm.
Graeme MasseySeptember 30, 2022 01:43
Trump begs for donations from Mar-a-Lago as Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc across Florida
“We have a big fundraising deadline coming up and there’s never been a time like this,” said Mr. Trump, who has claimed that America has “never been the object of contempt” by the world.
A plea for political money during the devastation of the hurricane follows Forbes’ fortune estimate of $3.2 billion
Graeme MasseySeptember 30, 2022 01:33
Donald Trump avoids fraud lawsuit by staying in Florida as Hurricane Ian hits
The former president was due to be impeached in a civil lawsuit first filed in 2018.
“I did express some surprise – but they pointed out that they were flying anyway”
Graeme MasseySeptember 30, 2022 01:03
More than 500 people have been rescued so far in Lee and Charlotte counties
“Search and Rescue Update: As of 2:00 p.m. (EDT), more than 500 individuals have been rescued in Charlotte and Lee counties since operations began this morning. Search and rescue efforts are underway in affected areas,” the state emergency department tweeted Thursday. .
Hurricane Ian made landfall in Lee County on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, while Charlotte County is to the north.
Graeme MasseySeptember 30, 2022 00:01
Scientists say climate change has increased rainfall in Ian by 10%
The analysis by researchers Kevin Reed of Stony Brook University and Michael Weiner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has not yet been reviewed, but they say they used the same methodology in their study of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which it was.
Graeme MasseySeptember 29, 2022 23:46
Disney World guests stroll as Hurricane Ian brings strong winds and rain
The resort’s four theme parks closed Wednesday, but at the 32 hotels located in the 27,000-acre theme park near Orlando, Disney employees did their best to keep the magic alive.
“It’s so awful, what’s going on elsewhere, I feel awful”
Graeme MasseySeptember 29, 2022 23:26
Ian regains strength in the face of the hurricane as it approaches South Carolina
The storm is expected to make landfall again on Friday.
The storm is expected to make landfall again on Friday
Graeme MasseySeptember 29, 2022 23:10
Mayor of Sanibel plays down emotional message after Ian: ‘Our lives and our island have changed forever’
Sanibel Island was cut off after the only bridge connecting it and Captiva to the mainland bore the brunt of the historic typhoon and uprooted parts of it.
The severely damaged bridge is the only way to reach the communities on Sanibel and Captiva islands
Graeme MasseySeptember 29, 2022 23:01
Florida boats destroyed by Hurricane Ian, wind and rush
Boats were tossed like toys in Fort Myers, Florida, as Hurricane Ian caused damaging winds and storm surge when it made landfall on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Boats were tossed like toys in Fort Myers, Florida, as Hurricane Ian caused damaging winds and a rush as it made landfall on Wednesday, Sept. 28. President Joe Biden declared a major disaster for the state, which saw widespread destruction and flooding after the storm made landfall in a Category 4. The hurricane weakened to a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at 8 a.m. Thursday, but remained like that. Extremely dangerous, according to the National Hurricane Center. Click here to register for our newsletter.
Graeme MasseySeptember 29, 2022 22:52