One of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the US, Hurricane Ian, flooded southwest Florida on Wednesday, turning streets into rivers, cutting electricity to two million people, and posing a severe threat to areas further inland.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ian, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida, west of Cape Coral and Fort Myers.
Storm surge in Fort Myers, Florida is absolutely brutal right now.— Scott Duncan (@ScottDuncanWX) September 28, 2022
Major hurricane Ian is currently equalling the 4th strongest hurricane to ever hit Florida.
This camera is 6ft above the ground btw
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It trapped in flooded homes, a coastal sheriff’s office reported, as desperate people posted to Facebook to plead for rescue. Some video showed debris-covered water sloshing toward homes’ eaves.
The storm had reached a top speed of 250kph earlier in the day, which is just below a Category 5 threshold.
To give people an idea of how horrible Hurricane Ian is in Bonita Springs and the second wall of the hurricane hasn’t hit yet. pic.twitter.com/PvpGuv9QYL— Not Lacy. (@Laceybnai) September 28, 2022
Ian is expected to weaken overnight as it slowly moves across the Florida peninsula.
Several regions first hit by the storm are suffering from intense flooding caused by devastating storm surges.