Hurricane Ian tracker – live updates: Tropical storm regains strength as category one hurricane as it nears South Carolina

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Hurricane Ian: Waves flood roads in Key West as storm strengthens to Category 4

After spending most of Thursday as a tropical storm, Ian upgraded to a hurricane again as it targets the South Carolina coastline.

The National Hurricane Center stated in its 5:00 p.m. ET update that Hurricane Ian “targeted the Carolinas and Georgia with life-threatening flooding, storm surge and high winds.”

“Ian could gain a little strength before making landfall, and is predicted to weaken rapidly over the southeastern United States from Friday to Saturday,” the consultancy said.

Dozens of rescues have taken place across Florida after unprecedented flooding from one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the United States.

Thousands of people have been stranded across the state as Coast Guard helicopters plucked people from rooftops after several feet of water poured into neighborhoods. About 2.5 million people were currently without power.

Meanwhile, the damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Ian could reach $120 billion, according to a new estimate.

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Research shows that climate change has added 10% to Ian’s rainfall

A quick study by two scientists calculates that climate change has made Hurricane Ian 10 percent rainier than it would have been if there weren’t such a thing as global warming.

Read Seth Borenstein’s full piece here:

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Why you shouldn’t linger in hurricane floodwaters

When Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida, with winds exceeding 150 mph, several people shared videos of themselves swimming through floodwaters. Here’s why you shouldn’t do the same:

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Death toll rises after sheriff predicts hundreds of lives will be lost

ICYMI: At least five people are believed to have died in Fort Myers and the surrounding Lee County area after Hurricane Ian officials, although that number may have risen to as many as 12 based on reports from officials in Florida.

Gino Spocchia has the story.

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They squatted in Disney World for Hurricane Ian – that’s how it was

The vacation center became an essential refuge for thousands as the powerful storm swept through Florida, writes Bevan Hurley.

Read the full piece here:

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Hurricane Ian could cause up to $120 billion in damage

The damage and economic losses caused by Hurricane Ian could amount to $120 billion, according to a new estimate.

Founder and CEO of AccuWeather, Dr. Joel N Myers, said in a press release that “Ian will go down in history as one of the most damaging and impactful storms in US history, along with Hurricanes Harvey of 2017, which caused $190 billion in total damage and economic loss. caused, and Irma ($80 billion); Sandy in 2012 ($210 billion); Katrina in 2005, ($320 billion), adjusted for inflation.”

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NFL game continues in Tampa . on Sunday night

ICYMI: Sunday night’s NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will continue in the city of Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the home team has announced.

“We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and government agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled,” the team said in a statement.

The match kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET.

“We would like to thank all the local government agencies and the thousands of aid workers who have worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure that our area would be ready to respond should the need arise. We would also like to thank the Miami Dolphins organization for their assistance and hospitality in allowing us to use their practice facilities this week,” the statement added.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the many thousands in the Southwest Florida area who have been hit hard by Hurricane Ian. We are also very grateful that the Tampa Bay area was spared the most damaging effects of this powerful storm.”

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ICYMI: Hurricane Ian Flooding Captured in Stunning Aerial Video

Hurricane Ian flooding captured in stunning aerial video

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Aftermath of Hurricane Ian could wreak havoc on insurance market: ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’

ICYMI: Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc in Florida, with many areas facing months or years of rebuilding, and for many residents, the recovery process can be extended without proper flood insurance, property insurance, or other damages compensation.

Ethan Freedman has the details.

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Two dead on Sanibel Island, officials say

About 200 households stayed on the island during Hurricane Ian, and Mayor Holly Smith says two people have been killed.

Rescuers on Thursday removed 40 people by boat from the island, which was cut off after the bridge collapsed. The mayor said 12 of them were injured in the storm.

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Trump begs for donations from Mar-a-Lago as Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc on Florida

ICYMI: Donald Trump turned to social media to advocate for donations to his political campaign as parts of Florida began rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian.

Speaking in a video on Wednesday from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, South Florida, the former president pleaded for donations to his Save America PAC ahead of a fundraising deadline.

“We have a big deadline for raising money and there has never been a time like this,” said Mr. Trump, claiming that America has “never been so disrespected” by the world.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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