Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the United States, caused “catastrophic” flooding in Florida on Wednesday and cut power to more than two million people, according to the PowerOutage portal, which collects information about blackouts. in the United States.
“The center of Hurricane Ian made landfall near Key Coast, Florida, as a Category Four hurricane,” the second highest level, with winds in excess of 180 kilometers per hour, the North’s National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. -American. In a Twitter post, the center warned that “catastrophic waves of storms, winds and floods” would continue as the storm progresses into the state’s interior.
About 2.5 million people were ordered to leave their homes in 18 counties in southwest Florida before the arrival of Ian, who the center described as “extremely dangerous”.
Nearly 21 million people live in areas that could be affected by blackouts and floods in the coming hours, caused by a hurricane that could cause more than US$67 billion (€68.8 billion) in property damage, according to the agency. Bloomberg.