Hurricane Ian, considered “extremely dangerous” by the authorities, deprived more than a million homes of electricity in Florida on Wednesday, according to the specialized site PowerOutage, which lists the power cuts. Ian, which made landfall in the afternoon in the southwest of the state, has already caused significant flooding and very violent gusts of wind.
The hurricane on Wednesday caused “marine submersion, winds, and catastrophic flooding in the Florida peninsula”, according to the center. In Naples, in southwest Florida, images from the MSNBC channel showed completely flooded streets and cars floating in the current. More than a million homes were without power at 4:30 p.m. local time, mostly around the area in which Ian made landfall, according to PowerOutage. In some counties on the coast, the majority of residents were without power, according to the site.
The hurricane is expected to emerge in the Atlantic by Thursday evening
The streets of Punta Gorda in the south of the state, where a few passers-by were still walking at noon, had suddenly emptied Wednesday afternoon, as the sky turned greyish and the showers intensified, saw AFP journalists. Strong winds tore off the branches of many palm trees in the center, even making the electric poles wobble, the cyclone still being about forty kilometers from the city.
The weather phenomenon has already devastated western Cuba in recent days, and is then expected to move inland during the day, and emerge over the western Atlantic by Thursday evening, according to the NHC.