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According to officials, millions of Floridians are without power and damage across the state due to the powerful winds and Hurricane Ian, as well as the cities of Sanibel, Cape Coral and Fort Myers, where the Coast Guard is protecting people from rooftops. -As well as other areas along the southwest coast were hardest hit.

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The southwest Florida coast where Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday experienced the harshest impacts from the storm, including Lee County, which includes Fort Myers and Cape Coral, which Ian, Florida Gov. was devastated”. Ron DeSantis (R) Told At a press conference on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Sanibel, Hurricane Ian eliminated Outside the 50-foot section of the bridge connecting the island to mainland Florida, DeSantis said, adding “structural reconstruction” would be necessary to repair the damage.

Ian—which weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday—caused heavy damage elsewhere along the southern coast, including in Naples and Sarasota. Floodingdropped it tree and other damage to residents’ homes.

Central Florida also experienced major flooding, including Orange County, Florida, which includes Orlando, extending into northern Florida near Jacksonville, DeSantis said, calling the damage a “500-year flood event.”

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over 2.5 million. How many people are without power in Florida after a hurricane?

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Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers, at around 3:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The powerful storm hit Florida after ripping through western Cuba on Tuesday, killing at least two people and causing massive flooding and leaving millions without power. President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Florida on Thursday morning to free up federal funding to aid hurricane recovery. Ian weakened as it made its way through central Florida, and is now located about 40 miles east of Orlando, according to the latest Update From the National Hurricane Center.

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new Research A study released Thursday by Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that even "relatively weak" storms pose a serious flood risk to hospitals along the coast, including Florida. About 85% of hospitals in the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area are at risk of flooding from a Category 2 hurricane, as well as 28.6% of Tampa-St. According to the study published in the journal Petersburg-Clearwater Region earth health, According to the researchers, the first to systematically assess the risk of flooding in hospitals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast from Category 1 to 4 storms.

Tropical Storm Ian Pumps Florida (CNN)

Section of Sanibel Causeway wiped out by Hurricane Ian (Tampa Bay Times)

Hurricane Ian leaves a trail of sadness along its long, slow journey through southwest Florida (Fort Myers News-Press)

Hurricane Ian weakens to tropical storm but nearly 2.5 million still without power (Forbes)