June 19, 2024

After the devastation in Cuba - Hurricane "Ian" lowered over Florida

After the devastation in Cuba – Hurricane “Ian” lowered over Florida

  • Meanwhile, on his way through the US state of Florida, “Ian” has weakened.
  • With winds up to 150 kilometers per hour, Ian now has the lowest strength of one out of five, the Hurricane Center reports.
  • Despite the weakness, a strip of land over a hundred kilometers wide experienced violent storms on its way.

As a Category 4 hurricane, “Ian” hit the west coast of Florida and brought violent winds, rain, and storms. The center of the cyclone hit the coast near the city of Cape Coral.

A storm is blowing, and there is no electricity

Water flooded streets and buildings in southwest Florida. More than a million people were without electricity. More than two million people have been asked to leave their homes.


Image of the devastation: Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida.

Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said some storms were about three and a half meters high. Weather experts fear that it will grow more than five meters in height at the top.

According to meteorologists, the cyclone only moved northeast of the country at a speed of about 13 kilometers per hour. This made it even more dangerous considering the strong winds and rain.

Television footage showed how rain was falling on the streets and that only the roofs of cars were coming out of the floodwaters and debris flying in the air. Governor DeSantis said Ian should make the list of the five deadliest hurricanes in Florida. He has since asked for help from US President Joe Biden.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had previously prepared residents in his state for severe damage from approaching Hurricane Ian. Residents were urgently warned not to leave their homes on Thursday morning, for example to assess the damage. Even if the hurricane gets away, there is still a risk of debris, broken power lines and the like.

The political and economic repercussions of “Ian”

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Disney has announced that it will close its Orlando theme parks on Wednesdays and Thursdays as a precaution. Other recreational facilities and many stores and schools in Florida must also remain closed.

Because of the hurricane, NASA has now also postponed the start of the next crew to the ISS: Instead of October 3, “Crew-5” could start on October 4 at the earliest, the US space agency announced on Tuesday. The weather is closely monitored.

Ian also spoiled the political calendar in Washington, DC. A public hearing by the commission of inquiry into the Capitol attack scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed.

The US Department of Defense said several thousand National Guard personnel in Florida have been activated and are on alert. These can, for example, clean roads and assist in search and rescue operations.

Evacuation instructions for 2.5 million people

The evacuation instructions apply to 2.5 million people – many people have fled to safety. Deanne Criswell of the US disaster protection agency Fema warned that the area likely to be affected by the storm had not seen such a hurricane in nearly 100 years. It is important that people who have not lived in the southeastern state for a long time and have little experience dealing with hurricanes take it seriously.

Power outage in Cuba due to “Ian”

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On Tuesday, Ian made landfall in Cuba as a Category 3 hurricane out of five. The Cuban government said two people died in the hard-hit province of Pinar del Rio after their homes collapsed.

Due to widespread power outages and interruptions in Internet access and telephone connections, information from particularly affected areas reached the public only gradually.

Experts are also concerned that in the past few decades, construction work has been taking place near water in the area. Floods may damage or destroy many buildings.

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