Hurricane Ian began to weaken as it headed toward central Florida, marking the beginning of the end of a powerful storm that hit the American coast with winds of 240 kilometers per hour, and the water level reached 4 meters in some areas.
However, southwest Florida is still experiencing "catastrophic" flooding and high winds and waves, and the coastal areas in the southwest of the state are still engulfed in darkness by the hurricane.
More than two million homes were without power in Florida, out of a total of 11 million, most of them around the path of the hurricane.
Several counties near where Ian made landfall were almost completely without electricity.
In the eyewall!!!
— Mike's Weather Page (@tropicalupdate) September 28, 2022
This hurricane is expected to affect several million people in Florida, as well as the states of Georgia and South Carolina.
Gulf Shore Boulevard on Vanderbilt beach looks like an ocean.
Cars are slamming up against buildings.
— Taylor Wirtz (@TaylorWirtzWINK) September 28, 2022
About 2.5 million people have received mandatory eviction orders in 12 coastal Florida counties, and voluntary evictions have been recommended in other counties.
Many videos posted online showed floods sweeping away traffic signs, cars, boats and homes.
And flooded the entire residential communities on Wednesday afternoon.
Ian followed a eerily similar path to Hurricane Charlie, the last storm to hit southwest Florida in 2004.
Got this from a friend in #Naples – just so sad.
@ActionNewsJax #Ian pic.twitter.com/HtC0CtG228
— Jason Brewer (@JBrewerBoston25) September 28, 2022
The governor of Florida has confirmed that this hurricane is likely to be "one of the 5 most powerful hurricanes to hit Florida ever."
"This is a storm that will be talked about for many years to come," US National Weather Service Director Ken Graham told a news conference.
Federal Disaster Relief Agency Administrator Diane Cresswell said Ian would maintain his risk for "the coming days".
In this context, about 3,200 National Guard members have been called up to Florida, according to the Pentagon, while another 1,800 are still on their way to it.
My house in Naples, FL sent from a neighbor #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/Q4j64HJp9S
— Megan Cruz Scavo (@MeganScavo) September 28, 2022
Near the archipelago of the Keys, bad weather caused a boat carrying migrants to capsize, and the Coast Guard was still looking for 20 people, after 3 were rescued, while 4 others managed to swim ashore.
Hurricane Ian hit Cuba earlier on Tuesday, killing two people and plunging the island into darkness.
On Wednesday, electricity was restored to some residents of Havana and 11 other provinces, but not in the three worst-affected provinces in the west of the country.