• Cuba Hurricane Ian shuts down Cuba and threatens a "catastrophe" in Florida

  • America Hurricane Fiona leaves one dead and more than 12,000 displaced in the Dominican Republic and catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico

US President

Joe Biden

warned Thursday that

Hurricane Ian may have been the "deadliest" in Florida history

and said he will travel to the area "when conditions allow."

"This could be the deadliest hurricane in the history of Florida," he said after a visit to the premises of the agency in charge of natural disasters (FEMA) in Washington.

"The numbers are not yet clear, but we received information that shows a

substantial loss of life" by the hurricane

, which has devastated parts of this state in the southeastern United States.

"When conditions allow, I will go to Florida," he said.

He added that he also plans to visit the Caribbean island territory of

Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Fiona


Ian, downgraded to a tropical storm,

made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category 4 hurricane

(on a scale of 5) in southwestern Florida, before continuing its path through the state, with strong winds and torrential rain.

It is still too early to make an assessment, but some material damage was already visible a few hours after the hurricane.

In the port of Fort Myers, some boats were partially submerged and another ran aground on the shore.

On Thursday morning,

more than 2.6 million homes or businesses remained without electricity

, out of a total of 11 million, according to the specialized site PowerOutage.

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