Ian weakens to tropical storm as strong winds and heavy rains continue in Florida – WFTV

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ORLANDO, Florida — Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, but has since weakened to a tropical storm.

The storm is expected to have significant impacts on Central Florida. See live updates below:

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06:05 update:

Floods are reported in most of Central Florida.

Major roads in Osceola County are under water and motorists are turned around at several intersections.

Wind guests in Daytona Beach have reached about 120 km/h.

The storm even turned Channel 9’s Daytona Beach camera upside down.

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Large debris has been seen blowing off buildings in Daytona Beach.

Police are urging people to stay safe and not go out on the road.

5:13 am update:

The National Hurricane Center said Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Ian continues to cause high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges in parts of Florida.

Ian will continue to move through Florida on Thursday, bringing tropical storm conditions to parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

4:45 am update:

Channel 9 reporter Christy Turner sees flooded streets in downtown Orlando.

Street flooding has flooded cars near Summerlin Avenue and South Street, not far from Lake Eola.

Flash flood warning in the area has been extended to 6:45 AM

03:45 update:

Hurricane Ian has caused major flooding in Kissimmee.

Channel 9 reporter Nick Papantonis videoed flooding in a parking lot at a strip mall. Check out the damage in the tweet below:

Flood and flash flood warnings are in effect throughout Central Florida.

3:20 am update:

The city of Kissimmee tweeted that police and fire departments can no longer respond to calls as sustained winds have reached 45 mph.

2:30 am update:

The sign on Livingston Street in downtown Orlando has been blown over.

Our Channel 9 crews saw the damage just before 2am on Thursday. Although the sign was off, the streetlights continued to work.

01:45 update:

The effects of Hurricane Ian struck very close to home for Channel 9’s Shannon Butler on Wednesday night.

Butler was in the field reporting on the effects of the storm when she received a call from her husband informing her that the power had gone out at their home near downtown Orlando.

When she arrived at their home, she discovered a huge branch of a neighbor’s oak tree that had fallen on her porch, shattering the outside roof.

Watch Shannon’s live coverage below:

1 hour update:

A flash flood warning is in effect for Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, and Volusia County until 4 a.m.

12:10 update:

A flash flood warning is in effect for southeastern Orange and north central Osceola County until 2:45 AM

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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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