Things are getting intense for the people of Florida as Hurricane Ian approaches their state. Over two and a half million people living in the state are without power according to poweroutage.us on September 29th due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28th near Cayo Costa, Florida with all the power you would expect from a category four storm with one hundred fifty miles per hour winds. The winds were powerful enough to snap apart trees and various plant winds. Homes were torn to shreds by the powerful winds and power lines were not safe as the storm began to ravage the coast.
The storm ended up causing floods that were seven feet high in areas like Fort Myers, but water levels have gone up to as high as twelve feet in Naples, Florida. People on social media and many amateur journalists have been able to show this flooding and show streets that were attacked with the full furry of the oceans. According to the mayor of Fort Myers, "This is by far the worst storm I have ever witnessed,". This is amazing because the mayor has been in the area since the nineteen seventies, which means he has seen many previous hurricanes and tropical storms attack the state in the past.
President Joe Biden officially declared the state of Florida a major disaster zone while sending federal aid to the residents of certain Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties in Florida. With everything going on, it is possible similar problems could happen in southeastern Georgia and South Carolina as the storm continues to move according to the National Hurricane Center.