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 Hurricane Ian is quickly weakening as it treks up toward Central Florida downgrading to a Category 2 marking the beginning of the end for the historic storm The storm crashed into the U S coast with winds of 150 miles per hour 240 kilometres per hour just hours earlier However southwest Florida is still being pounded with catastrophic flooding winds and a dozen feet of storm surge Ian brought record breaking storm surge highs for Key West Fort Myers and Naples several feet above previous high water marks Numerous videos posted on the internet showed torrents of seawater washing away stop signs cars boats and homes Entire city blocks were submerged Wednesday afternoon and forecasters noted the worst of the surge was yet to come Ian followed an eerily similar path to the last storm to menace southwest Florida 2004 s Hurricane Charley But Ian is a far bigger wetter and slower storm Its wind field covered most of the state on Wednesday and its projected path as a strong but slow moving storm across Central Florida It is expected to last another full day as it drenches the middle of the state with near record rainfall Over a million Floridians were without power Wednesday night a number that is expected to soar as Ian crosses the state Utility leaders cautioned that it could take a while for the lights to come back because they need to rebuild parts of the grid crushed by Ian s Category 4 winds Hundreds of Floridians who didn t evacuate ahead of Ian were calling for rescue and with 911 centres down in big affected counties like Lee officials don t yet know how many might need to be saved Gov Ron DeSantis said rescue crews would move in by land air and water as soon as it s safe He noted he d asked the Department of Defence for extra high water vehicles and aerial rescue equipment to help the response Those people are being logged and there will be a response DeSantis said But it s likely going to take a little time for the storm to move forward so that it s safe for the first responders to be able to do that While the worst of the winds and surge had faded for the Florida Keys by Wednesday afternoon it left behind flooded homes and impassable streets South Florida saw tornadoes overnight that flipped small aeroplanes cracked apartment buildings in half and took down big trees as the streets flooded under the heavy rains and high king tides throughout the day Wednesday Ken Graham director of the National Weather Service called Hurricane Ian a historic event This is going to be a storm we talk about for many years to come he said Hurricanes Ian s winds continued to dramatically weaken after it came ashore Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds dropping to 105 mph by 9 p m from a peak of 155 mph NewsSourceCredit NAN
Hurricane Ian rapidly weakens to Category 2 after massive flooding

Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian is quickly weakening as it treks up toward Central Florida, downgrading to a Category 2 marking the beginning of the end for the historic storm.

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The storm crashed into the U.

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S. coast with winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kilometres per hour) just hours earlier.

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However, southwest Florida is still being pounded with “catastrophic” flooding, winds and a dozen feet of storm surge.

Key West

Ian brought record-breaking storm surge highs for Key West, Fort Myers and Naples several feet above previous high water marks.

Numerous videos posted on the internet showed torrents of seawater washing away stop signs, cars, boats and homes.

Entire city blocks were submerged Wednesday afternoon, and forecasters noted the worst of the surge was yet to come.

Hurricane Charley

Ian followed an eerily similar path to the last storm to menace southwest Florida  2004’s Hurricane Charley.

But Ian

But Ian is a far bigger, wetter and slower storm.

Central Florida

Its wind field covered most of the state on Wednesday and its projected path as a strong but slow-moving storm across Central Florida.

It is expected to last another full day as it drenches the middle of the state with near-record rainfall.

Over a million Floridians were without power Wednesday night a number that is expected to soar as Ian crosses the state.

Utility leaders cautioned that it could take a while for the lights to come back because they need to rebuild parts of the grid crushed by Ian’s Category 4 winds.

Hundreds of Floridians

Hundreds of Floridians who didn’t evacuate ahead of Ian were calling for rescue, and with 911 centres down in big, affected counties like Lee, officials don’t yet know how many might need to be saved.

Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis said rescue crews would move in by land, air and water as soon as it’s safe.

Department of Defence

He noted he’d asked the Department of Defence for extra high water vehicles and aerial rescue equipment to help the response.

“Those people are being logged, and there will be a response,” DeSantis said.

“But it’s likely going to take a little time for the storm to move forward so that it’s safe for the first responders to be able to do that.

Florida Keys

While the worst of the winds and surge had faded for the Florida Keys by Wednesday afternoon, it left behind flooded homes and impassable streets.

South Florida

South Florida saw tornadoes overnight that flipped small aeroplanes, cracked apartment buildings in half and took down big trees as the streets flooded under the heavy rains and high king tides throughout the day Wednesday.

Ken Graham

Ken Graham, director of the National Weather Service, called Hurricane Ian a “historic event.


“This is going to be a storm we talk about for many years to come,” he said.

Hurricanes Ian

Hurricanes Ian’s winds continued to dramatically weaken after it came ashore Wednesday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds dropping to 105 mph by 9 p.

m. from a peak of 155 mph.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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