Hurricane Ian swept across the Atlantic and the southeast coast of the United States this week, leaving behind catastrophic damage in Cuba, Florida and the Carolinas.
Ian left dozens dead, destroyed homes, caused life-threatening floods and triggered widespread power outages.
On Friday, President Joe Biden said Hurricane Ian is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history,” and noted that Florida will take “months — years — to rebuild.”
Ian, now a post-tropical cyclone, tracked north into North Carolina on Saturday, with heavy rain expected for central Appalachia and the mid-Atlantic. By Saturday night, the storm is expected to weaken and dissipate over south-central Virginia — but extreme weather could continue until then.
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Here are some photos of Ian’s destruction in Cuba, Florida and the Carolinas.
Hurricane Ian hit western Cuba early Tuesday as a Category 3 storm, causing the country’s already fragile power grid to collapse, life-threatening flooding and high winds that damaged homes and toppled trees. Three people died. The extent of the storm’s destruction is still unknown.
Crews worked to restore power to much of the island in the day after the storm landed. But there are still areas in darkness and/or without internet service, prompting hundreds to protest on Thursday and Friday.
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Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida on Wednesday, battering the state’s southwest coast as one of the strongest storms in US history. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall at 150 mph – just 7 mph below Category 5 status.
Ian slowed as he moved inland – but left immense destruction across the state. The storm caused flooding on both coasts of Florida, ripping homes off their slabs, demolishing beachfront businesses and leaving 2 million people without power. At least 27 people died.
As of Saturday, 1.2 million Floridians remained without power. Authorities are assessing the damage and continuing search and rescue efforts.
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Carolinas, other east coast states
Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday but continued to wreak havoc and tracked north toward South Carolina, Georgia and other east coast states.
The storm soon strengthened again. On Friday, Ian pounded the coast of South Carolina as it made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, then moved into North Carolina as a post-tropical cyclone.
Friday:South Carolina braces for Hurricane Ian as it returns to land as a Category 1 storm
No deaths have yet been confirmed in those states, but the storm has caused flooding, destruction and power outages. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of customers were left without power in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Contributors: Christine Fernando, John Bacon, Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY. The Associated Press.
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