Hurricane Ian continues this Wednesday “attacking” the Florida peninsula with “catastrophic storm surges”, winds of up to 240 km/h and flooding. Nearly two million people have lost power across multiple counties across the state.
Specifically, 1,814,000 people have suffered a collapse that has left a multitude of Florida counties totally or partially without electricity service, according to the website PowerOutage.us, which tracks blackouts throughout the United States. .
Ian made landfall in southwestern Florida this Wednesday afternoon as a category four hurricane. “At 3:05 a.m. (local time), the eye of Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, as a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. , for its acronym in English) American on its official Twitter profile.
However, in the last few hours the hurricane has dropped to category two, with maximum winds of 168 kilometers per hour, moving northeast at 12 kilometers per hour, according to the latest CNH update.
Ian, the fourth hurricane of the current Atlantic season, is expected to turn north on Friday and approach the coasts of northeast Florida and the states of Georgia and South Carolina.
According to the NHC, in parts of Florida’s west coast, which hasn’t been hit directly by a cyclone in 100 years, rising seas above normal levels may peak as high as 5.5 meters from Ian , which after Florida will impact the states of Georgia and South Carolina.
Of the 67 counties in Florida, all declared in emergency since Monday, 18 issued mandatory evacuation orders before the arrival of Ian, according to the federal Department of Emergency Management (FEMA).
On the east coast of Florida, the hurricane is unloading abundant rains and tornadoes were recorded in areas surrounding Miami that caused two injuries.