Hurricane Ian Leaves Boats Wedged Between Buildings
Hurricane Ian has left homes and businesses in Florida without power. Sanibel Island was cut off from the mainland by a flooded bridge, boats were wedged between buildings, cell phone towers were knocked down, and homes were flooded. Despite the damage caused by the storm, residents were encouraged to stay home and avoid the dangerous conditions.
Sanibel Island is cut off from the mainland by a bridge
Residents of Florida’s Sanibel Island will be shocked to return to their homes on Wednesday and see the devastation Hurricane Ian has left behind. President Joe Biden visited the area on Wednesday to survey the damage wrought by the storm. City Manager Dana Souza said residents and business owners will be emotionally affected by the scale of the devastation. The storm ripped the causeway off the island, cutting it off from the mainland.
Boats are wedged between buildings
Flooding and wind have left thousands of people without power along the Florida coast, where Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida on Wednesday. The storm has caused widespread flooding, damaged homes and cut off the only road access to a barrier island. Residents have been urged to stay home to avoid further damage and danger. Firefighters are also on hand to assist stranded citizens.
Cell phone towers are knocked down
As Hurricane Ian pounds Florida’s coast, cell phone towers across the state are being knocked down. Nearly half of the towers in Lee County were brought back online within 48 hours. But, almost a third remained offline as of Friday. This is in large part due to the widespread power outage in the state, which has left 1.5 million electric customers in the dark.
Homes are flooded
The full force of water is on display in homes flooded after Hurricane Ian left boats wedged between buildings in Florida. One home was so badly damaged that the door frame blew off under the pressure, leaving a deluge of water inside. Thousands of people were stranded in their homes and buildings after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida. The storm left a trail of destruction in its wake, and authorities are still assessing the damage.
People are trapped in their homes
Hurricane Ian has pounded the coastlines of South Carolina and Florida, stranding thousands of people and leaving a trail of destruction. The storm’s center has weakened considerably after sweeping across Florida on Wednesday, but still pushed a storm surge of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) into the Carolinas and Georgia. It has also dropped up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain, potentially causing flooding from South Carolina to Virginia.
47 people are killed in southwestern Florida
Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction across southwestern Florida. The storm caused massive flooding and stranded boats wedged between buildings, killing 47 people. President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Florida on Thursday, which will allow for more federal assistance to Florida.
Four people are killed in North Carolina
The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia as Hurricane Ian moves toward the southeastern coast. The storm is expected to bring damaging storm surge and flooding rain to these states. Meanwhile, the National Guard has deployed to help with water rescues. Governor Roy Cooper is urging residents to be prepared for the storm.
Three people are killed in Cuba
The storm, named Ian, caused at least three deaths on Friday and is expected to cause more as rescue crews search for survivors. The storm sank a boat near Stock Island in the Florida Keys, carrying 27 Cuban migrants. The Coast Guard is no longer searching for the other 20 victims.