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Ian Regains Hurricane Strength Off Northern Florida

Atlanta’s NBC affiliate reports: Ian regained hurricane strength late Thursday afternoon and became a minimal Category 1 hurricane. The storm, which left a trail of destruction after crossing the Florida peninsula, is now taking aim at South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. In its 5 p.m. EDT advisory, the hurricane center said that Ian had maximum sustained winds …

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2.5 Million Floridians Without Power And Cell Service

The Associated Press reports: Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, cutting off the only bridge to a barrier island, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2.5 million people as it dumped rain across the peninsula on Thursday. One of the strongest hurricanes to …

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Search And Rescue Efforts Begin In Southwest Florida

CNN reports: Search and rescue teams are working to respond to hours-old calls for help that came as Ian – now a tropical storm still marching across Florida – slammed the state’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane, its surge trapping residents and its monstrous winds and flooding rains leaving millions without power and many without drinkable water. Collapsed …

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Ian Downgraded To Tropical Storm, Headed Toward SC

NBC News reports: Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday but still expected to produce strong winds, heavy rains, and storm surge across, according to the National Weather Service. The storm made landfall over the west coast of Florida as a category 4 storm on Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. It knocked out power …

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Over One Million Without Power As Ian Rages [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Hurricane Ian is so powerful that its winds were just a few miles per hour shy of becoming a Category 5 storm as it made landfall in Florida on Wednesday. And it didn’t take long for it to unleash its wrath on Florida’s power grids. Ian’s eye began moving onshore at Sanibel and Captiva islands by midday …

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Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall As Storm Surge Worsens

The Weather Channel reports: H​urricane Ian is making landfall as one of southwest Florida’s most intense hurricanes on record, expected to produce catastrophic storm surge, destructive winds and flooding rainfall. I​an is a strong Category 4 hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Ian’s storm surge has arrived along parts of the southwest Florida coast, including in Naples, Florida, …

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Ian’s Eyewall Moves Ashore With Winds At 155 MPH

The Miami Herald reports: The “extremely dangerous” eyewall of Category 4 Hurricane Ian begin moving ashore in southwest Florida late Wednesday morning with a powerful wind field that covered almost half the state. Ian could bring catastrophic damage to the southwest Gulf Coast coast while raking much of Florida with hurricane and tropical storm force winds and flooding rains of …

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Up To 18 Foot Storm Surge Now Forecast At Landfall

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: Hurricane Ian was poised to crash into Southwest Florida Wednesday and into the history books as one of the worst storms to hit the area in modern times, bringing massive storm surge, incredible amounts of rain and some of the strongest winds of any hurricane to impact Florida. Ian surged to a near Category 5 hurricane …

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Hurricane Ian Nears Category 5 Strength [VIDEO]

The Weather Channel reports: H​urricane Ian has strengthened into a Category 4 as it draws closer to landfall later today between Sarasota and Fort Myers, packing threats of life-threatening storm surge as well as potentially catastrophic wind damage and flooding rainfall. Bands of heavy rain containing strong wind gusts are lashing parts of the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys …

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DeSantis: Over Two Million Are Under Evacuation Orders

The Hill reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) says more than 2 million residents in the state are under evacuation orders as Hurricane Ian approaches, set to make landfall on the Gulf Coast as soon as Wednesday. DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday that he is urging those under evacuation orders to heed them and move to higher …

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Florida Braces For Up To Ten Feet Of Storm Surge

NBC News reports: A storm surge warning is in effect for the Tampa Bay area, which means deadly inundation could hit within the next 48 hours. A surge of up to 10 feet of ocean water and 16 inches of rain was predicted across the Tampa Bay area, with as much as 24 inches in isolated areas. That’s enough water …

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Mandatory Evacuation Orders For Five More FL Counties

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: Manatee County officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A residents ahead of Hurricane Ian, according to a release. The evacuation will be effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Those who live in Zone B have been issued a voluntary evacuation. Evacuation orders also went into effect for low-lying areas in Charlotte County as well as the …

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Mandatory Evacuation Ordered For Second FL County

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: Pinellas County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in zones A, B, and C, including all residents in mobile homes. The mandatory order for Zone A will take effect at 6 p.m. Monday while the order for Zones B and C will take effect at 7 a.m. Tuesday. County officials said residents and visitors who …

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Mandatory Evacuation Ordered For Tampa Area [VIDEO]

Tampa’s CBS affiliate reports: Hillsborough County officials on Monday announced a mandatory evacuation order for all residents living within Zone A in advance of Hurricane Ian. A voluntary evacuation is recommended for residents living in Zone B. These evacuation orders will go into effect at 2 p.m. Monday. In a news conference, officials said they are expecting to see a …

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Ian Reaches Hurricane Strength As Track Shifts East

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Hurricane Ian formed Monday morning as its path continued to shift back more to the east with much of Central Florida within the cone of uncertainty and the first hurricane watches issued on the state’s Gulf Coast. The latest track forecasts Ian to make landfall north of Tampa Bay early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane …

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DeSantis Warns Against Over-Evacuation Before Storm

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: With a vast swath of Florida’s Gulf Coast facing the possibility of a direct strike from a major hurricane in the coming days, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged residents to finish making preparations and not focus too much on where the storm’s center currently is predicted to track, noting there still is significant uncertainty about its path. …

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Moon Launch Delayed As Florida Braces For Hurricane

NPR reports: The Artemis 1 moon mission has been delayed, not once, not twice, but now three times. The launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but NASA announced on Saturday that it had decided to postpone the mission in response to Tropical Storm Ian, which threatens to hit Florida next week as a hurricane. The Kennedy Space Center is located on …

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DeSantis Requests Federal Aid Ahead Of Hurricane

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency in 24 Florida counties as the state braces for the potential impacts of Tropical Depression 9, according to a news release sent Friday afternoon. DeSantis has also asked for a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration ahead of the storm. The governor’s office said the declaration will make …

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“Major Hurricane” Likely To Threaten Florida Next Week

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Caribbean on Friday with a path that could bring it to Florida next week as a major Category 3 hurricane that could become either Hurricane Hermine or Hurricane Ian depending on how fast it intensifies compared to another new tropical depression in the Atlantic. In its 11 a.m. update, the …

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All Of Puerto Rico Without Power As Hurricane Arrives

CNN reports: Power has gone out across all of the US territory of Puerto Rico on Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us, as Hurricane Fiona bears down on the islands, which are already grappling with the threat of flooding and mudslides stemming from the Category 1 storm. “Puerto Rico is 100% without power due to a transmission grid failure from Hurricane Fiona,” …

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