People trapped, 2.5M without power as Hurricane Ian drenches Florida

Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2.5 million people as it dumped rain across the peninsula on Thursday. One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States threatened catastrophic flooding around the state. Ian’s tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 415 miles (665 km), drenching much of Florida and the southeastern Atlantic coast. Photos, >click to read<

Tropical Storm Ian bringing ‘catastrophic flooding’ to east-central Florida – After making landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, Ian weakened into a tropical storm as it made its way across Florida Wednesday night, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. At 8 a.m. Thursday, maximum sustained winds were still 65 mph. The storm is expected to bring life-threatening flooding, storm surge and gusty winds across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. >click to read< 08:50

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