Hurricane Ian could be 'the deadliest in Florida history', says Biden | Hurricanes: the devastation

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Hurricane Ian could be “deadliest in Florida history”, says Biden | Hurricanes: the devastation

Hurricane Ian left recreational vessels no chance , which have piled up on the coasts of Florida.

Strong winds, waves over three meters and lots of rain. Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida overnight Wednesday through Thursday, causing “catastrophic” flooding and possibly hundreds of deaths.

This could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history, US President Joe Biden says during a meeting with FEMA, the federal disaster agency natural.

The numbers […] are not yet clear, but we are receiving early reports of casualties that could be substantial, he added.

Florida currently reports two deaths. A toll that is likely to increase, with many residences remaining inaccessible due to the amount of water that has invaded the streets.

Carmine Marceno, the sheriff of the Lee County, told Good Morning America,on ABC, that there had been thousands of 911 calls and that he believed the death toll would be in the hundreds.

Rescues are underway, he said, but we still cannot access many people in the waterways; the bridges are compromised, and the road is really very difficult.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis later clarified that this toll was unconfirmed and was an estimate based on 911 calls received. added that the United States Coast Guard began rescue operations Thursday morning as soon as the winds died down enough.

It's like a day after, said on the microphone of Midi infoDaniel Tremblay, a Quebec real estate agent who lives in Bradenton, a small Florida town some 100 kilometers north of Fort Myers, the epicenter of the storm.

Collapsed houses, Trees uprooted, fences torn down: the destruction he describes is of staggering scale. I have a friend who stays on a golf course. It's become a lake, illustrated Mr. Tremblay.

After leaving Florida as a tropical storm on Thursday and entering the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral, Ian re-evolved into a hurricane with winds of 120 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicted it would continue to strengthen before hitting South Carolina on Friday, but would still remain a Category 1 hurricane.

A hurricane warning was issued for coastal South Carolina and extended to Cape Fear on the southeast coast of North Carolina. With tropical storm force winds reaching an amplitude of 667 km from its center, Ian was expected to cause 1.5 meter flooding in coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas. Rainfall of up to 20 cm is expected in South Carolina and Virginia and could also cause flooding.

Violent winds, waves of more than three meters and a lot of rain… Tropical storm Ian raged in Florida last night and the authorities fear many human losses. Hadi Hassin details.

The PowerOutage.us website estimates that more than 2.6 million homes have no electricity. Most West Florida counties have 75-90% of customers without electricity. Lee County, which includes the city of Fort Myers, is one of the hardest hit, with 88% of homes without power.

A little further north, in Port Charlotte, along Florida's Gulf Coast, storm surge flooded an emergency room on the lower level of a hospital and high winds tore off part of the roof of his intensive care unit, reported a doctor who works there.

Water levels were rising in the intensive care unit, forcing staff to evacuate the hospital's sickest patients – some of whom were on ventilators – to other floors, said the doctor. Staff members used towels and plastic trash cans to try and mop up the damage.

The roadway just before the freeway to Sanibel is heavily damaged after Hurricane Ian hit, Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Many counties in the United States have ordered the evacuation of the most vulnerable coastal areas.

This is the case of the county of Hillsborough, where Quebecer Marie-Claude Tremblay has lived for six years. The Tampa resident found refuge inland in the town of Clermont, near Orlando.

Shawn Hulbert, 38, stands in front of his damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Florida on 29 September 2022.

Before leaving, she protected her residence, which is a few kilometers from the coast. You have to remove everything lying around in your yard, the barbecue, the patio furniture, anything that could blow away in the wind, you have to get everything inside. Afterwards, I put everything on shelves, like my photo albums, so that they would be spared if there was flooding, she told the show Thursday morning Tout un matin on ICI Première.

Ms. Tremblay is also preparing for the aftermath of Ian and after ;possible power outages, which could last for days or even weeks. It's a lot of organization, she said.

With information from CNN, Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse

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