Hurricane Ian has left at least 12 people dead, thus far and a trail of destruction

Hurricane Ian has left at least 12 people dead, thus far and a trail of destruction after it strengthened into a category 4 storm and hammered the West Coast of Florida on Wednesday 28th September 2002

• Florida government officials stated they would be in a “state of emergency”, due to the projected storm conditions and major disasters.

• The National Hurricane Centre has warned of “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida peninsula,” with millions under evacuation orders

Us President Joe Biden on Thursday said Hurricane Ian may have been responsible for “substantial loss of life” and could end up being the deadliest storm in Florida history.

• more than 2.5 million customers across Florida were without power Thursday morning after Ian, now a tropical storm, walloped the state as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the united states, causing widespread devastation and flooding that trapped residents in their homes.

• Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning after slamming into Florida’s southwest coast as a major category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, bringing winds of 150 mph and life-threatening storm surge.

• Maximum sustained winds dropped to near 65 mph with higher gusts early Thursday, but the storm has continued to cause destruction as it moves northeast. Its centre is expected to move off the east-central coast of Florida later Thursday before approaching the coast of South Carolina on Friday.

• Biden on Thursday declared a major disaster in Florida over the devastation caused by Ian.

• The president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the storm from Sept. 23 and onward, the white house said.

• Meanwhile, in Cuba, power is slowly being restored for residents across the country following sweeping outages in Ian’s wake

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