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Live Updates: Flooding and Power Outages Grow as Ian Moves Inland by New York Times

Hurricane Ian live coverage: Landfall in southwest Florida, storm pushes inland

Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding over the Florida peninsula as it made landfall, the National Hurricane Center said. These are significant threats to areas of Tampa Bay and Florida’s Gulf Coast that don’t normally see such headlines, but they’re worth acting upon: People living along and near the coast are urged to shelter in place and remain in a safe spot until the storm has passed. As of the 9 p.m. advisory, Hurricane Ian was located about 85 miles south-southwest of Orlando, with a north-northeast movement at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 105 mph. The storm weakened from a Category 3 storm to a Category 2 within the past hour.

The hurricane came ashore as one of the strongest storms ever to strike Florida, moving across the state with damaging winds, heavy rains and storm surges that left people trapped.

Here’s what to know about Hurricane Ian right now.

Millions of Florida residents faced a harrowing night as wind, rain and storm surge from Hurricane Ian pounded the southwestern coast and moved inland late Wednesday on a path toward Orlando, knocking out power to more than two million customers statewide.

The latest:

  • A storm surge of up to 12 feet submerged cars, knocked over houses and trapped residents near where the hurricane came ashore west of Fort Myers. Some places remained too dangerous for water rescues, officials said, adding that they were taking down addresses to deploy resources once it was safe.
  • Ian is among the most powerful storms to strike the United States in decades, and Gov. Ron DeSantis said it would go down as one of the strongest in Florida history. It was just shy of Category 5 status as it made landfall about 3 p.m., but had been downgraded to a Category 2 by Wednesday night. Follow its path here. To read more go to the link below: ℗ is your source to learn about the broad and beautiful spectrum of our shared History.