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

After spending most of Thursday as a tropical storm, Ian was upgraded to a hurricane again as it takes aim at the South Carolina coast.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET update that Hurricane Ian “is targeting the Carolinas and Georgia with life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds.”

The hurricane is now moving to the north-northwest at about 10 mph with maximum sustained winds increasing to 75 mph with strong gusts.

“Ian may strengthen slightly before landfall tomorrow, and is expected to weaken rapidly across the southeastern United States from Friday into Saturday,” the advisory report said.

Dozens of rescues have taken place across Florida following unprecedented flooding from one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the United States.

Thousands of people are stranded across the state as Coast Guard helicopters were seen plucking people from roofs after meters of water poured into neighbours. About 2.5 million people were currently without power.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis described the hurricane as a “500-year flood event” and said major infrastructure had been badly damaged, including the Sanibel Causeway in southwest Florida and the bridge to Pine Island, near Fort Myers.

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Florida after the catastrophic effects. “This could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history,” he later said during a briefing at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters.

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More than 500 people have been rescued so far in Lee and Charlotte counties

“Search & Rescue Update: As of 2 p.m. (EST), more than 500 individuals have been rescued in Charlotte & Lee counties since operations began this morning. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing in affected areas,” the state Department of Emergency Management tweeted Thursday.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Lee County on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph, while Charlotte County is to the north.

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Climate change increased Ian rainfall by 10%, scientists say

The analysis by researchers Kevin Reed of Stony Brook University and Michael Wehner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has not yet been peer-reviewed, but they say they used the same method for their study of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which has been.

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Disney World guests hunker down as Hurricane Ian brings high winds and rain

The resort’s four theme parks closed Wednesday, but in the 32 hotels that dot the 27,000-acre theme park near Orlando, Disney staff did everything they could to keep the magic alive.

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Ian is re-strengthening into a hurricane as it approaches South Carolina

The storm is forecast to make landfall again on Friday.

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Sanibel Mayor Writes Emotional Letter After Ian: ‘Our Lives and Our Island Forever Changed’

Sanibel Island is cut off after the only bridge connecting it and Captiva to the mainland bore the brunt of the historic hurricane and was torn apart.

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Florida boats were destroyed by Hurricane Ian’s winds and waves

Boats were tossed around like toys in Fort Myers, Florida, as Hurricane Ian brought devastating winds and storm surge as it made landfall on Wednesday, September 28.

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Firefighters evacuate nursing homes as Hurricane Ian ravages Florida

Residents of a nursing home in Orlando, Florida, were evacuated after floodwaters from Hurricane Ian inundated their residence on Thursday morning, September 29.

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Latest photos of the Florida devastation from Ian

An aerial view shows a damaged Fort Myers Beach pier and surrounding buildings after Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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An aerial view shows damaged buildings as Hurricane Ian passed through the area on September 29, 2022 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

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Ian upgraded to Hurricane again

After spending most of Thursday as a tropical storm, Ian has been upgraded to a hurricane again.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. ET update that Hurricane Ian “is targeting the Carolinas and Georgia with life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds.”

The hurricane is now moving to the north-northwest at about 10 mph with maximum sustained winds increasing to 75 mph with strong gusts.

“Ian may strengthen slightly before landfall tomorrow, and is expected to weaken rapidly across the southeastern United States from Friday into Saturday,” the advisory report said.

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The FCC says Ian knocked out more than 1,500 cellphone sites in Florida

That number represents about 11 percent of cell sites in the state, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Lee County, where Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday, has reported that 65 percent of cell sites were taken out by the storm.

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