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Hurricane Ian Carves Path of Destruction Along Florida’s Gulf Coast with 150 MPH Winds

HeadlineSep 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian has made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the continental United States. The storm crashed ashore Wednesday afternoon near Naples just shy of Category 5 status, with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, a 30-foot-wide eye wall and hurricane-force winds that extended 40 miles from the center. High winds and storm surges devastated coastal communities, while forecasters say torrential rains will continue to bring life-threatening flooding to much of Florida in the coming hours and days. The Lee County sheriff says hundreds of people may have died in the storm. Ian forced the evacuation of more than 1.8 million Florida homes and knocked out power to some 2.5 million people, many of whom lack clean tap water. After headlines, we’ll go to Florida for the latest.

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