by: Dylan AbadNexstar Multimedia Cable
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Aquatic lifeguards in Naples, Fla., waded through waist-deep floodwater on Wednesday to rescue a woman trapped in her car as Hurricane Ian hit Florida’s west coast with category 4 winds, rain and flood waves.
Footage shared by Naples Fire-Rescue showed a firefighter smashing the rear window of the woman’s car with an ax before pulling her to safety.
On Wednesday, Collier County officials said half the streets in Naples were “not passable” due to rising waters. Officials added that the tides could further raise the water level.
Hurricane Ian made landfall just after 3 p.m. Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, with peak wind speeds of 150 mph, but then weakened as it tracked toward central Florida.
Early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded Ian to a tropical storm after its maximum sustained wind speeds fell to 65 mph.
About 2.2 million Floridians were without power as of early Thursday, according to PowerOutage.us.
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