Hurricane Ian: Florida Begins Recovery as Storm Moves Toward South Carolina
Summary from AllSides News Team
Hurricane Ian moved past central Florida on Thursday evening, allowing hard-hit communities like Fort Myers and Cape Coral to begin recovering. The storm regained hurricane strength over the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to turn back toward South Carolina.
At least 15 people had been reported dead by Thursday afternoon, CNN (Left bias) reported, although Florida officials had not yet released an official count. President Joe Biden warned Thursday that Ian “could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history” after meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials. About 2.7 million utility customers lost power, and flooding left thousands of Floridians trapped; the hurricane’s storm surge wiped out part of a major bridge, cutting off the barrier island city of Sanibel from the mainland.
Ian was about 240 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina at 5 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said. Officials also said parts of North Carolina and Georgia would see “tropical storm conditions,” and issued warnings for Cape Fear and other communities.
Hurricane Ian’s aftermath in Florida was the top story in almost every major news outlet across the spectrum Thursday evening. Coverage often used sensational language like “slammed” and “monster hurricane.”
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From the LeftFloods trap many in Florida as Ian heads to South Carolina
Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets Thursday to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark.
Hours after weakening to a tropical depression while crossing the Florida peninsula, Ian regained hurricane strength Thursday evening after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center predicted it would make landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane Friday.
The devastation inflicted on Florida began to come into focus a day after Ian struck as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to...
From the RightCoast Guard Rescues Dozens From Ian’s Path Of Destruction; Millions Without Power
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued nearly two dozen people in Florida as of Thursday morning following the devastation from Hurricane Ian, with more rescues expected throughout the day.
Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday on the state’s Gulf Coast at nearly the strength of a Category 5 storm. With winds exceeding 150 miles per hour, the system was tied for the fourth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the Sunshine State, according to data from Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.
From the CenterTropical Storm Ian moving away but Central Florida still reeling in its wake
Deadly Hurricane Ian was downgraded to Tropical Storm Ian on Thursday morning and moved off Florida’s East Coast by 11 a.m., but was still dumping record amounts of rain to bring “catastrophic flooding” to the region.
Rising floodwaters led to home rescues and stranded vehicles across Central Florida, and area’s first fatalities were reported in Lake and Volusia while the statewide toll has yet to be determined after hurricane’s storm surge devastated the Gulf Coast.