Live Updates: Ian, now a tropical storm, is barreling across Florida

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Tropical Storm Ian continued east across Florida early Thursday and could still cause “catastrophic flooding,” forecasters warned.

Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a major Category 4 hurricane, just short of Category 5, as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the US.

It left people trapped in homes and wide swathes of the state without power. An estimated 2.5 million homes and businesses were in the dark at 5 a.m. EDT poweroutage.uwith.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ian’s center “is expected to move off the east-central coast of Florida today and then approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. The center will move further inland through the Carolinas on Friday night and Saturday.” ” .. Slight re-strengthening is expected and Ian could be near hurricane strength by the time it approaches the South Carolina coast on Friday. Weakening is expected Friday night and Saturday after Ian moves inland.”

The center warned that “Widespread, life-threatening catastrophic flash and urban flooding, with major to record flooding along rivers, will continue across central Florida. Widespread flash, urban and river flooding is expected in parts of northeast Florida, southeast Georgia.” and eastern South Carolina tomorrow through the weekend.”

As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, Ian’s center was about 40 miles southeast of Orlando and 35 miles southwest of Cape Canaveral. It was moving northeast at 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. Sustained winds of 74 mph are required for a storm to reach hurricane status.


Inside a shelter offering refuge from Hurricane Ian

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