Hurricane Ian: Waves flood roads in Key West as storm strengthens to category 4
Destructive waves slammed into the southwest coast from Englewood to Bonita Beach including Charlotte Harbor, near the town of Punta Gorda, north of Fort Myers. As Ian plods across Florida in the next 24 hours, it is expected to drop 12 -18 inches of rain on top of coastal surges.
A coastal sheriff’s office reported receiving calls from people trapped in flooded homes. Several took to social media, sharing videos of debris-covered water sloshing towards their homes as they pleaded for rescue.
The storm surge flooded a lower-level emergency room in Port Charlotte, while part of the roof on a fourth-floor intensive care unit was torn down by fierce winds, according to a doctor working there.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to hunker down, noting that it would be a “nasty” couple of days.
Hurricane Ian: In pictures
Namita Singh29 September 2022 08:20
ICYMI: Dramatic time-lapse shows Hurricane Ian storm surge flood Florida island
Dramatic time-lapse reveals Hurricane Ian storm surge flood Florida island
Graeme Massie29 September 2022 07:59
What leaks, hurricanes and fires mean for Nasa’s Artemis I moon mission launch date
As if launching a gigantic Moon rocket for the first time isn’t hard enough on its own, Nasa has faced multiple fuel leaks, engine troubles, and now a building fire and category 4 hurricane in its attempt to get the Artemis I mission launched before the end of the year.
As Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS) Moon rocket and Orion spacecraft waiting out Hurricane Ian inside the Vehicle Assembly Building — essentially a giant rocket hangar — at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a launch attempt that had been scheduled for Tuesday could now slip into the middle of October, or even into early November.
Nasa’s Artemis I mission will be the first test flight of the SLS rocket, which will send the solar powered Orion spacecraft on more than month-long journey to, around, and back from the Moon in an uncrewed shake down of the rocket and spacecraft system that Nasa homes will take humans back to the surface of the Moon in 2025.
Read more in this report from Jon Kelvey:
Facing natural disasters and engineering hurdles, Nasa hopes to catch break and launch new Moon mission sometime in October
Namita Singh29 September 2022 07:45
Experts: Negative storm surge in Tampa Bay as Ian approached
The storm eventually made landfall near Fort Myers, about 100 miles to the south.
A number of people posted photos on social media of themselves and others walking out onto the silty and sandy bay floor, despite warnings from local officials. Tampa Bay has a normal average deputy of about 12 feet (4 metres).
The phenomenon of the bay emptying also happened in 2017, when experts said Hurricane Irma caused a negative surge. Because a tropical storm’s winds blow counterclockwise, the winds at the northern edge of Hurricane Ian were blowing from east to west with so much force that they pushed the water from the bay into the Gulf of Mexico.
Water eventually refilled the bay.
Namita Singh29 September 2022 07:25
Naples Fire Department live streams water rescue
ICYMI: In the video, posted to the department’s social media, a group of rescuers helped a woman through deep water in a city street and into the safety of a partially flooded building.
“I’m going to take you there with me as long as I can swim there. This water is cold,” said a firefighter who was videoing the rescue.
The grateful resident can be heard thanking the firefighters as the video ended.
Graeme Massie29 September 2022 07:05
More than 2.25 million customers without power in Florida
Namita Singh29 September 2022 07:05
People trapped, hospital damaged after Ian swamps southest Florida
Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to two million people before aiming for the Atlantic Coast.
One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States barreled across the Florida peninsula overnight Wednesday, threatening catastrophic flooding inland, the National Hurricane Center warned.
In Port Charlotte, along Florida’s Gulf Coast, the storm surge flooded a lower-level emergency room in a hospital even as fierce winds ripped away part of the roof from its intensive care unit, according to a doctor who works there.
Water gushed down onto the ICU, forcing staff to evacuate the hospital’s sickest patients — some of whom were on ventilators — to other floors, said Dr. Birgit Bodine of HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital. Staff members used towels and plastic bins to try to mop up the sodden mess.
Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2 million people
Namita Singh29 September 2022 06:40
Lara Trump sparks anger after sharing video of son driving toy car outside during Hurricane Ian
The 39-year-old TV producer, who lives in Florida with her husband Eric Trump, shared the video to her Instagram on Wednesday of the couple’s son Eric Luke Trump. Trump and her spouse also share three-year-old daughter Carolina Dorothy Trump.
In the video, Trump’s son, who goes by the name Luke, could be seen driving his toy car in the middle of the street as rain from the Category four storm poured down. As he steered the vehicle, he held one hand over his eyes in an effort to shield his face from the rain.
My colleague Amber Raiken reports:
‘It’s a terrible idea for an adult to be out during this powerful storm, let alone any small children,’ one viewer says
Namita Singh29 September 2022 06:20
Hurricane Ian: Catfish swims up road as devastating floods hit Florida
ICYMI: A catfish swam up a water-covered road as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, 28 September.
The storm made landfall as a Category 4, just shy of a monstrous Category 5, packing winds of 155mph.
A catfish swam up a water-covered road as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, 28 September.The storm made landfall as a Category 4, just shy of a monstrous Category 5, packing winds of 155mph.Ian’s eyewall brought ferocious gusts and surging ocean waters on shore in the state as residents were told that there was no longer time to evacuate and instead urged to shelter in place.“This is going to be a nasty two days,” Florida governor Ron DeSantis said.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.
Graeme Massie29 September 2022 06:05
News outlets under fire over videos of reporters covering Hurricane Ian
“It’s really coming in right now, Neil, and it is tough to even speak, and I’m sorry … as we take the wrath of Ian coming into Fort Myers, and we can hear the sounds in the distance — pops, snaps — we need to be careful, things are getting dangerous here,” Ray said.
A number of observers wondered about Ray’s safety.
My colleague Abe Asher reports:
Observers criticise news organisations for sending reporters into dangerous situations
Namita Singh29 September 2022 05:42