Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall in Florida as Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday afternoon as a powerful Category 4 storm.

Maximum sustained winds were around 150 mph as it hit the southwest coast at the island of Cayo Costa near Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

By Wednesday evening, there were over 1.5 million power outages in the state and communities along Florida’s west coast had issued mandatory curfews.

Later Wednesday, the storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 115 mph.

The National Hurricane Center has warned of “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula,” with millions under evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, across Cuba, residents have been left without power after sweeping outages in Ian’s wake.

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