Hurricane Ian Latest Update: Tropical Storm Regains Strength as a Category One Hurricane as it Approaches South Carolina

Hurricane Ian Latest Update: Tropical Storm Regains Strength as a Category One Hurricane as it Approaches South Carolina
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After spending most of Thursday as a tropical storm, Ian strengthened back into a hurricane as it heads off the coast of South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center stated in its 5 p.m.

The hurricane is now moving north-northwestward at around 10 mph with maximum sustained winds increasing to 75 mph with high gusts.

“Ian could strengthen slightly before landfall tomorrow, and is forecast to rapidly weaken over the southeastern United States Friday through Saturday,” the advisory said.

Dozens of rescue operations have been carried out in 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 Coast Guard helicopters were seen pulling people off rooftops after several feet of water inundated neighborhoods. Some 2.5 million people were currently without electricity.

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

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


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Ethan Freedman has the details.


Two deaths on Sanibel Island, authorities say

Around 200 households were left on the island during Hurricane Ian, and Mayor Holly Smith says there have been two deaths.

Rescuers removed 40 people from the island, which was cut off after its bridge collapsed, by boat on Thursday. The mayor said 12 of them suffered injuries during the storm.



Trump asks for donations from Mar-a-Lago as Hurricane Ian causes destruction in Florida

ICYMI: donald trump took to social media to ask for donations for his political campaign as part of Florida began rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian.

speaking in a video on Wednesday of his sea-to-lake in Palm Beach, South Florida, the former president solicited donations from his Save America PAC before the fundraising deadline.

“A major fundraising deadline is coming up and there has never been a time like it,” Trump said, adding that the United States “has never been so disrespected” by the world.


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

“Search and Rescue Update: As of 2:00 pm (EST), more than 500 people have been rescued in Charlotte and Lee counties since operations began this morning. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing in the affected areas,” the state emergency management department tweeted Thursday.

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


Climate change increased Ian’s 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 methodology for their study of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which they did. it was.


Disney World guests crouch as Hurricane Ian brings high winds and rain

All four of the resort’s theme parks closed Wednesday, but at the 32 hotels in the 27,000-acre theme park near Orlando, Disney staff did their best to keep the magic alive.


Ian re-strengthens to a hurricane as it approaches South Carolina

The storm is forecast to make landfall again on Friday.


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Sanibel Island is isolated after the only bridge connecting it and Captiva to the mainland took the brunt of the historic hurricane and had sections ripped out.

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