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

Hurricane Ian has roared ashore in southwest Florida, making landfall at 3.05pm (local time) on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155mph.

Public officials urged residents who had failed to heed evacuation orders in vulnerable, low-lying areas to shelter in place as forecasters warned of “unsurvivable” storm surges of up to 18 feet in places.

Destructive waves slammed into the southwest coast from Englewood to Bonita Beach including Charlotte Harbor, near the town of Punta Gorda, north of Fort Myers. As Ian plods across Florida in the next 24 hours, it is expected to drop 12 -18 inches of rain on top of coastal surges.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to hunker down, noting that it would be a “nasty” couple of days. More than 1.million people were without power on Wednesday afternoon.


Florida battered by Hurricane Ian

Wind gusts blow across the John Ringling Causeway as Hurricane Ian churns to the south on September 28, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida.

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Naples Fire Department live streams water rescue

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

“I’m going to take you there with me as long as I can swim there. This water is cold,” said a firefighter who was videoing the rescue.

The grateful resident can be heard thanking the firefighters as the video ended.


Boil water notice in place in parts of Pasco County, Florida

“The water distribution system in this area lost pressure today (and) a water main ruptured,” stated a tweet from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

“While water service was restored, all water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled for at least one minute as a precaution.”


Flamingos at Florida bird park shelter from storm in bathroom

“We’re hunkered down! Our animals are safe w/staff on site to see them through the storm. The flamingos are having a hurricane party in the bathroom; eating, drinking, & dancing,” tweeted Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg, Florida.


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Florida sheriff says people ‘trapped’ in homes by ‘deep water’

Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples, Florida, says that it is receiving calls from residents suffering “life-threatening medical emergencies in deep water.”

“Here’s some tough news you need to know. We aren’t holding back: We are in call triage mode,” CCSO stated on Facebook.

“We are getting a significant number of calls of people trapped by water in their homes. Some are reporting life-threatening medical emergencies in deep water. We will get to them first.

“Some are reporting water coming into their house but not life threatening. They will have to wait. Possibly until the water recedes. Lee County’s 9-1-1 system is down and rerouting to our Center.

“You can’t even imagine those calls. Do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency. We all have Collier Courage and we’ll get through this.


Dramatic time-lapse shows Hurricane Ian storm surge flood Florida island

Dramatic time-lapse reveals Hurricane Ian storm surge flood Florida island


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