Cyclone Ian, classified in category 4, considered "extremely dangerous", made landfall on Wednesday afternoon in Florida. It caused catastrophic flooding. In Fort Myers, a disoriented shark was seen in the middle of the street!
Coastal regions of southwestern Florida were mostly plunged into darkness early Thursday, after the devastating passage of Hurricane Ian, of rare intensity. It caused catastrophic flooding and widespread power outages.
Slightly away from the hurricane's path, near the Keys archipelago, poor conditions caused a boat carrying migrants to capsize, and the Coast Guard was still searching for 20 people, with three rescued and four others managed to swim to shore.
Carrying winds of up to 240 km / h, Ian made landfall along the coast of Cayo Costa, in the southwest of the state, in the middle of the afternoon, according to the National Center for American hurricanes (NHC). The hurricane, described as "extremely dangerous", caused "catastrophic" flooding, the center said.
More than 2 million homes were without electricity Thursday morning in Florida, out of a total of 11 million, mainly around the path of the hurricane, according to the specialized site PowerOutage. Several counties near where Ian made landfall were almost entirely without power, according to the site.
Ian is expected to reach not only several million people in Florida but also in the states of Georgia and South Carolina. The town of Punta Gorda was thus plunged. In the night, only a few buildings equipped with generators remained illuminated, the only sounds around being the roar of the wind and the pouring rain.
In Naples, in southwest Florida, images from the MSNBC channel showed completely flooded streets and cars floating in the current. In Fort Myers, a city of more than 80 people, the floods were so severe that some neighborhoods looked like lakes. The flood could sometimes exceed 000 meters, announced Wednesday evening the governor of the State, Ron DeSantis.
Hurricane Ian earlier hit Cuba on Tuesday, killing two people and plunging the island into darkness. On Wednesday, power was restored for some residents of Havana and 11 other provinces but not in the three most affected in the west of the country. _AF
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