Last Hurricane Ian: People stuck and 2.25 million without power as monster storm swept Florida

Hurricane Ian: Waves flood roads in Key West as storm strengthens to Category 4

Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the US, turned streets into rivers and disabled 2.25 million people after storming southwestern Florida with winds of 255 mph.

People were trapped in flooded houses and many took to social media on Wednesday to share videos of rubble-covered water in their homes as they pleaded for rescue.

A lower emergency room in Port Charlotte was inundated by coastal floods and high winds broke the roof of a fourth-floor intensive care unit, according to a hospital worker. Many areas have imposed curfews.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to sit down, noting that it was going to be an “annoying” few days.

Disney World Resort Florida and Universal Orlando Resort will be closed to visitors Thursday and Friday as the storm swept through central and eastern Florida when 12 to 18 inches of rain was expected overnight with winds of approximately 75 mph. .

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Orlando parks will reopen if ‘conditions permit’

Universal shut down its CityWalk and canceled the Halloween Horror Nights event on Wednesday and Thursday as Hurricane Ian — currently downgraded to a tropical storm — was set to pass through central Florida.

The resort said it is expected to reopen on Friday if conditions permit.

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Disney and Universal closed as storm hits Orlando

Both Walt Disney World Resort Florida and Universal Orlando Resort announced park closures as Hurricane Ian swept through central Florida and just south of Orlando on Thursday morning.

Disney said, “We continue to monitor Hurricane Ian closely and are making necessary operational adjustments to maintain the safety of our guests and cast members.”

Guests were allowed to stay in resort hotels if they checked in before 3 p.m. Wednesday, but are expected to hide in their place in the resort. An estimated Friday reopening remains unconfirmed.

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Some Florida residents are evacuating art collections as Hurricane Ian threatens the state

ICYMI: Florida residents are taking steps to protect collections worth millions as the storm makes landfall in the state.

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Satellite captures stunning view of Hurricane Ian from 22,000 miles away as storm hits Florida

ICYMI: As the massive Hurricane Ian began to pound the Florida coast, Noaa’s satellite kept the storm in its sights.

Jon Kelvey has the story.

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Hurricane Ian: in pictures

A tourist witnesses the receding waters of Tampa Bay due to low tide and massive winds from Hurricane Ian with the center in the distance in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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Sisters Angel Disbrow and Selena Disbrow walk along the shore of a reclusive Tampa Bay as water was drawn from the bay prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022 in Tampa, Florida

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Hilton employees Louie Fonseca, Frankie Monica, Bryan Kinbacher and Jaime Miranda use rope to secure the front door of the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Myers

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Brianna Renas, 17, inspects a fallen palm tree outside her Cape Coral home after breaking out of Hurricane Ian with her family in Cape Cora on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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ICYMI: Dramatic Time Lapse Shows Hurricane Ian Storm Surge Barrier Florida Island

Dramatic Time Lapse Reveals Hurricane Ian Storm Surge Barrier Island Florida

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What leaks, hurricanes and fires mean for the launch date of NASA’s Artemis I moon mission

As if launching a giant moon rocket for the first time wasn’t hard enough on its own, NASA has faced multiple fuel leaks, engine problems, and now a building fire and a Category 4 hurricane in its bid to complete the Artemis I mission. launched earlier to get the end of the year.

As NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Moon rocket and Orion spacecraft wait for Hurricane Ian in the Vehicle Assembly Building — essentially a giant rocket hangar — at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, a launch attempt scheduled for Tuesday could now be in the middle. October or even early November.

NASA’s Artemis I mission will be the first test flight of the SLS rocket, which will send the solar-powered Orion spacecraft on a more than month-long journey to, around and back from the moon in an unmanned shakedown of the rocket and the spacecraft system that NASA houses will take humans back to the surface of the moon by 2025.

Read more in this report by Jon Kelvey:

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Experts: Negative storm surge barrier in Tampa Bay as Ian approached

Water drained from Tampa Bay on Wednesday as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The storm eventually made landfall near Fort Myers, about 100 miles to the south.

A number of people posted photos on social media of themselves and others walking onto the silty and sandy bottom of the bay, despite warnings from local officials. Tampa Bay has a normal average alternate of about 12 feet (4 meters).

Curious tourists walk in the receding waters of Tampa Bay due to the low tide and massive winds from Hurricane Ian in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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The bay emptying phenomenon also occurred in 2017, when experts said Hurricane Irma triggered a negative wave. Because a tropical storm’s winds blow counterclockwise, the winds on Hurricane Ian’s northern edge blew from east to west with such force that they pushed water out of the bay into the Gulf of Mexico.

Water eventually filled the bay.

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Naples fire brigade live streams water rescue

ICYMI: In the video, posted on the department’s social media, a group of rescuers helped a woman through deep water on a city street and into the safety of a partially flooded building.

“I’ll take you with me as long as I can swim there. This water is cold,” said a firefighter who filmed the rescue.

The grateful resident can be heard as a thank you to the firefighters when the video ends.

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More than 2.25 million customers without power in Florida

According to poweroutage.us, at 1:57 a.m. ET, according to poweroutage.us, approximately 2,250,000 customers in Florida are currently without power due to Hurricane Ian.

Florida power outage figures

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