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 coastline.
“Ian could slightly strengthen before landfall, and is forecast to rapidly weaken over the southeastern United States late Friday into Saturday,” the advisory said.
Dozens of rescue operations have been taking place across Florida after unprecedented flooding from one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the United States.
Thousands of people are stranded across the state as coastguard helicopters were seen plucking people from roofs after several feet of water surged into neighbourhoods. Some 2.5million people were currently without power.
Meanwhile, the damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Ian could amount to as much as $120bn, according to a new estimate.
Don Lemon scolded for turning NOAA Hurricane Ian interview into climate crisis debate
As Ian approached the US, Jamie Rohme, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center, raised some eyebrows when he seemed to demur about linking the storm to the climate crisis during an interview on CNN.
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Scientific consensus says climate crisis will make extreme weather worse
Maroosha Muzaffar30 September 2022 05:25
Study finds that climate change added 10% to Ian’s rainfall
A quick study by two scientists calculates that climate change made Hurricane Ian 10 per cent rainier than it would have been if there were no such thing as global warming.
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A quick study by two scientists calculates that climate change made Hurricane Ian 10% rainier than it would have been if there were no such thing as global warming
Maroosha Muzaffar30 September 2022 05:20
Why you shouldn’t linger in hurricane floodwaters
Multiple parts of Florida were left underwater due to Hurricane Ian this week
Maroosha Muzaffar30 September 2022 05:10
Death toll climbs after sheriff predicts hundreds of lives lost
ICYMI: At least five people are believed to have been killed in Fort Myers and the surrounding Lee County area following Hurricane Ian officials have said, though that number may have risen to as many as 12 based on reports from Florida officials.
Gino Spocchia has the story.
Thousands also waiting to be rescued across Lee County
Graeme Massie30 September 2022 05:09
They hunkered down in Disney World for Hurricane Ian – this is what it was like
The vacation centre became a vital sanctuary for thousands as the powerful storm swept through Florida, Bevan Hurley writes.
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The vacation centre became a vital sanctuary for thousands as the powerful storm swept through Florida, Bevan Hurley writes
Maroosha Muzaffar30 September 2022 05:05
Hurricane Ian could result in up to $120bn in damages
The damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Ian could amount to as much as $120bn, according to a new estimate.
AccuWeather founder and CEO Dr Joel N Myers said in a press release that “Ian will go down as one of the most damaging and impactful storms in the US history, along with 2017’s Hurricanes Harvey, which caused $190 billion in total damage and economic loss, and Irma ($80 billion); Sandy in 2012 ($210 billion); Katrina in 2005, ($320 billion), as adjusted for inflation.”
Maroosha Muzaffar30 September 2022 04:35
NFL game to go ahead in Tampa on Sunday night
ICYMI: The Sunday night NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs will go ahead in the Florida city in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the home team has announced.
“We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled,” the team said in a statement.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 8.20pm ET.
“We would like to thank all of the local government agencies and the thousands of emergency personnel who worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure that our area would be ready to respond if needed. We would also like to acknowledge the Miami Dolphins organization for their assistance and hospitality in allowing us to use their practice facilities this week,” the statement added.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida region who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are also very thankful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging consequences of this powerful storm.”
Graeme Massie30 September 2022 04:03
ICYMI: Hurricane Ian flooding captured on stunning aerial video
Hurricane Ian flooding captured on stunning aerial video
Graeme Massie30 September 2022 03:06
Aftermath of Hurricane Ian could wreak havoc on insurance market: ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it is’
ICYMI: Hurricane Ian has brought widespread devastation to Florida, with many areas facing months or years of rebuilding, and for many residents, the recovery process might be prolonged without proper flood insurance, property insurance or other reimbursements for damages.
Ethan Freedman has the details.
Homeowners in the storm’s wake could be left footing most of the bill for repairs and rebuilding without insurance help
Graeme Massie30 September 2022 02:04
Two deaths on Sanibel Island, say officials
Around 200 households stayed on the island during Hurricane Ian, and Mayor Holly Smith says that there have been two fatalities.
Rescuers removed 40 people from the island, which has been cut off after its bridge collapsed, by boat on Thursday. The mayor said that 12 of those had sustained injuries during the storm.
Graeme Massie30 September 2022 01:43