Hurricane Ian Heads For Carolinas After Ravaging Florida
Umer Jamshaid Published October 01, 2022 | 12:25 AM
Rescue workers went door-to-door in Florida on Friday to assist survivors of Hurricane Ian as the Carolinas braced for the arrival of the Category 1 storm
Fort Myers, United States, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Oct, 2022 ) :Rescue workers went door-to-door in Florida on Friday to assist survivors of Hurricane Ian as the Carolinas braced for the arrival of the Category 1 storm.
Ian, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States, left a trail of devastation across Florida and officials said they have received reports of at least 20 deaths in the southern state.
After weakening as it crossed over Florida, the storm regained strength over the Atlantic and is bearing down on the coast of South and North Carolina packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
It warned Carolina residents that Ian could bring "life-threatening storm surge" of up to seven feet (two meters) and damaging winds.
Governor Ron DeSantis said more than 1,000 rescuers were going "up and down the coastline" checking on residents.
"Rescue personnel have gone to more than 3,000 homes in the hardest hit areas, going door to door to check on the occupants of those residences," he told reporters.
Helicopter crews also plucked people from the rooftops of homes inundated by floodwater while other rescues were made by boat.
DeSantis said the coastal town of Fort Myers where the hurricane made landfall on Wednesday afternoon, was "ground zero" but "this was such a big storm that there are effects far inland." Many people evacuated, but thousands chose to shelter in place. DeSantis said Florida officials had so far contacted 20,000 people who chose to stay.
DeSantis said that it was too early to give a death toll, and that concrete information about casualty numbers could be expected over several days.
In addition, 17 migrants were missing from a boat that sank during the hurricane on Wednesday, with one person found dead and nine others rescued, the Coast Guard said. Among them were four Cubans who swam to shore in the Florida Keys.
"The water went over the whole building. It was all submerged," Crosser said. "It's all saltwater and water damage." After making landfall in South Carolina, Ian is expected to weaken fast and dissipate by Saturday night.
Fort Myers, where Ian came ashore as a monster Category 4 storm, took much of the brunt, as streets became rivers and seawater poured into houses.
Dozens of boats moored in the marina were sunk while others were tossed onto downtown streets.
Two barrier islands near Fort Myers, Pine Island and Sanibel Island, popular with vacationers, were essentially cut off when the storm damaged causeways to the mainland.
Electricity was gradually returning, but many homes remain without power.
"We took to the street, because we haven't had electricity for several days and we are tired of it," Mujica said.
Human-induced climate change is resulting in more severe weather events across the globe, scientists say -- including with Ian.
According to a rapid and preliminary analysis, human-caused climate change increased the extreme rain that Ian unleashed by over 10 percent, US scientists said.